Stan Collymore may need to find a new career path after promising that he would walk away from broadcasting if someone found a video of himself diving during his playing career - something that was discovered almost immediately afterwards.
During a Twitter conversation with Gary Neville who originally tweeted: “every player has gone to ground to win a foul at some point,” the ex Liverpool and Nottingham Forest midfielder replied with: “you’ve got all the 20+ years of Sky tech @GNev2. If you can find me diving once, anywhere, in any game, I’ll walk from broadcasting.
“I have never ever tried to win a free kick, pen anywhere on the pitch by diving or pretending. Ever.”
In the video below, after 5 seconds, you can see Collymore go to ground under minimal contact. Does he dive?
You only have to breeze down the 43-year-old’s Twitter feed to see that he is a man who loves giving a viewpoint on football related business.
He also revealed that he once was castigated in an England dressing room for not going down for a penalty. The language he used contained more expletives though.
He said: “I got b******d in an England dressing room once for not going down for a penalty. F**k ‘em.”
Diego Costa was booked for an apparent dive during yesterday’s game between newly promoted Burnley and Chelsea. On the matter, Collymore said: “I thought Costa was looking for a pen tonight, he left his right leg hanging unnaturally to make contact with Heaton’s (Burnley goalkeeper) arm."
Stan Collymore probably has a valid point in that simulation in modern day football is far more frequent than it used to be.
Is a player pretending to be fouled or exaggerating an incident considered clever play, or just plain cheating?
Taking the Diego Costa incident into consideration from Monday night, there was definite contact between the striker's left leg and the goalkeeper's left arm. But is "contact" enough for a foul to be deemed?
Collymore would argue that it isn't, others would sway the other way. Alan Shearer on every Match of the Day says, "there was contact there," about every controversial decision, encouraging the view that contact is enough and what players make of it is a skill in itself.
There is another saying that seems strange: "he should have gone down there." In other words, he really should have tried to pretend that he was fouled. It is a debate that will go on and on you feel.