Tottenham Hotspur head coach Tim Sherwood has called on the Football Assocaiation to hand out harsher punishments to players who fake simulation.
Simulation, both diving and the exaggeration of injury, has been a hot topic in recent weeks, with a situation in Swansea City's game against West Ham being a central talking point.
In the game, Hammers' striker Andy Carroll was dismissed for an alleged elbow swing towards Swans' defender Chico Flores, who appeared to make the most of the minimal contact.
Immediately after the incident, Flores went to ground holding his face, despite the contact being towards the top of his head.
Carroll now faces a three-game suspension after returning from injury only last week. Carroll is West Ham's most senior striker, and the player that most Hammers fans believe is the man to draw them away from the relegation zone.
Following this, Sherwood believes the actions of players like Flores need to be punished more severely.
"I think it makes it clear that Andy Carroll is vitally important to West Ham's future," Sherwood told reporters. "They don't want to lose him for this period of time, but I think you've had to take every incident in isolation."
Sherwood further reiterated his response, saying that this kind of action needs to be cut out of the game completely.
He added: "One thing I would say, not just on that incident but about what we have been seeing recently, is the feigning of injury from players, which is something we want to keep out of the game.
"Retrospectively I would go back and punish the player who is diving around more than the player causing the offence."
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