The teams with the worst simulation records in the Premier League this season


Diving has been one of the most debated topics in football for a number of years now and this season is no different. 

Simulation in the Premier League was once blamed on foreign players who arrived from other leagues - but now it's become embedded in the English game. 

Despite running the risk of picking up a yellow card for trying to con the referee, we still see diving on a regular basis and it doesn't look to be going anywhere soon. 

So far this season, 18 players have been booked for some form simulation and most recently, it was Tottenham's Heung-Min Son who was found guilty of that last Saturday.

As well as Spurs, 10 other Premier League clubs have seen one of their players fall foul of the law.

There's plenty of time for more players to go into the book before the season ends in May.

But right now, two teams stand out above the rest for all the wrong reasons, with the joint-worst simulation record in the league. 


It's Spurs and Arsenal who have seen the most players punished so far in this campaign - with four players from each team booked.

Tottenham Hotspur v Leicester City - Premier League

For the Gunners, Matteo Guendouzi, Alexandre Lacazette, Shkodran Mustafi and Granit Xhaka have all picked up yellow cards - with three of them diving in the same match!

Last Saturday against Leicester, Son joined Tottenham's trio of Harry Kane, Lucas Moura and Danny Rose on that unwanted list of players penalised for cheating. 

Although the two north London sides lead the league in diving, another team isn't far behind.

Arsenal FC v Huddersfield Town - Premier League


Huddersfield have seen both Chris Lowe and Laurent Depoitre booked, with Burnley manager Sean Dyche referring to the latter's theatrics as 'embarrassing' when the two sides met in October.

Eight other clubs, including the likes of Chelsea, Manchester City and Fulham, have all had one player punished. 

Check out the full table of the teams who have seen players booked for diving below. 



Of course, these stats only relate to players who have been booked for simulation. Sometimes, the referee lets the offender off with just a warning. 

When footballers do escape without punishment, it doesn't really help the rhetoric that the Premier League is clamping down on unsportsmanlike conduct.  

But, even if every dive was punished, we'd probably still see it happening on a regular basis, such is the modern game. 

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