Every week there are examples of diving within the Premier League and the punishment - if caught - is a booking from the referee. But if it continues to happen on a regular basis, then is this punishment enough?
Recently, FIFA President Sepp Blatter suggested that football could benefit by referees introducing a time penalty for players found guilty of simulation.
There was no suggestion of this rule coming into play imminently although the notion of a sin bin within football is certainly an interesting concept.
It would seem that if the referee is certain that a player has thrown himself to the ground searching for a penalty or for an opponent to be punished then the match official could have the power to send the player for a time out.
In doing so, the whole team is punished by the individual for diving and the opponents have a set amount of time to look to make the most of the opportunity.
Instead of teams waiting to attack until the final ten minutes of a game, perhaps managers would ensure that their teams make the most of the match time with more men on the field and go for broke whenever they have a man advantage.
Diving to win free kicks and penalties could be significantly reduced with a rule change such as this and may be welcomed into the top-flight of English football in the future.
Other sports benefit from a sin bin penalty with perhaps the most famous being ice hockey within the NHL.
A player that is found guilty of committing an offence is sent to the sin bin for a period of time relating to the seriousness of the misconduct.
A couple of minutes for a trip compares to many more minutes for throwing your gloves on the ice and repeatedly punching an opponent.
Perhaps in football you could have a yellow card for a foul, a red card for a serious foul and a blue card to send someone to the sin bin for ten minutes.
Blatter is keen to stamp out diving within the modern game but other than the idea of a time penalty, no formal changes are in place at this stage.
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