It's an epidemic that has reached serious levels. Grown men willing to throw themselves about after being brushed by an opponent. Something needs to be done before it spreads another further.
Diving has taken a hold of the beautiful game. Older generations may say that it's the foreign players who are always guilty. The English players have been brought up differently. Yes, Drogba, Nani and Ronaldo all jumped to the ground when they had the chance but this is no longer the case.
Ashley Young, the Manchester United and England midfielder, has received 5 yellow cards this season, and has gained a reputation for throwing himself to the ground whenever he gets the chance.
Luis Suarez, the Premier League's top scorer is another major offender. The Uruguayan star goes to ground with minimal contact far too often. His reputation has started to have a negative effect, with referees less willing to give free kicks or penalties in his favour due to his previous misdemeanours.
Simulation is becoming part of nearly every game. This weekend's fixture between Chelsea and Manchester City saw Steven Jovetic take a comical dive. After running past David Luiz, Jovetic brushed Luiz hip before launching himself to the ground. Watch it here: https://youtu.be/bztPFvkOhQQ
The protesting of their innocence just makes the offence worse. It's time that players thought about the consequences of their actions. What affect is this going to have on the kids who admire their every move?
FIFA and UEFA need to step in now. The punishment of a yellow card is no longer enough. It doesn't deter players from trying to con the referees. The introduction of at least a two match suspension would make players think twice.
With all the improving technology and various camera angles on offer, offenders would get caught out nearly every time.
It may be rampant abroad, but the outbreak of the serious disease which forces players to the ground has landed on these shores. Action is needed sooner rather than later.
Tom Daley has worked hard to reach the peak of his profession and deserves to be the only diver we see on our television screens. Forget the farcical footballers. It's time to give diving the respect it deserves.
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