If the 'actors' of today's game had played in a team which consisted of the likes of Vinnie Jones or Roy Keane, and had tried to fake an injury, I'm pretty sure the offenders would have been ridiculed by their fellow professionals.
Unfortunately, diving seems to be an aspect that has crept into the modern game.
In the Premier League, the likes of Gareth Bale and Luis Suarez have been accused of being the main offenders in a long list of players who seem to play for a foul when coming into contact with a defender.
They fall over at the slightest touch and then proceed to act as if they've been shot by a sniper. In worse cases, no touch is needed in order for one to fling themselves to the ground.
The look on their faces when the foul isn't awarded is hilarious however.
It's appalling to see how these players get away with such acts. It is materialising the game to such an extent that it is becoming a performance. The offenders should be fined in some way in order to take the habit out of the game - the same way a defender gets punished for making a professional foul for example.
It is generalised that foreign players have brought this trait to the Premier League. That may be well and true, but we can't deny that the British players are copying the habit - Gareth Bale as mentioned and Ashley Young are the most accused culprits. The English fans are most definitely the group that despises diving the most.
Games have been won and lost because of such acts and is the main reason for their hatred towards it.
To be fair to the players, they have brought it upon themselves. And it will also be up to them if they want to take the 'acting' out of the game. Hopefully this controversy will soon die out.
If acting is something that players want to do, then they should follow Vinnie Jones' path into acting, not show their array of acting talent on a football pitch.
Write for GiveMeSport! Sign-up to the GMS Writing Academy here: https://bit.ly/12evFlH
DISCLAIMER: This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of GiveMeSport.com or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. GiveMeSport.com and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.