Players union boss Gordon Taylor has warned his members that blatant diving and play-acting cannot be tolerated in the game.
A number of high-profile players have been accused of diving in recent weeks with Manchester United's Ashley Young twice the subject of attention. Young was accused of going down too easily to win a penalty in Sunday's Barclays Premier League win over Aston Villa, a week after a similar incident in a controversial defeat of QPR.
Taylor has not commented on individual incidences but did say: "When it is blatant, when players are feigning injury or holding parts of the body that weren't even touched just to try to exaggerate a contact or get an opponent booked or sent off, that is something that needs to be condemned and that can't be tolerated."
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