On this day 1997: Liverpool's Robbie Fowler pleaded with referee Gerald Ashby not to award a penalty against Arsenal goalkeeper David Seamen.
Seventeen years ago saw one of the most remarkable moments in Premier League history when Robbie Fowler went down in the area under a challenge from then England colleague David Seamen, when Liverpool took on Arsenal at Highbury.
Fowler burst onto a through ball and knocked the ball past the onrushing Seamen who appeared to bring down the Liverpool forward.
Referee Ashby awarded a penalty but much to everyones surprise Fowler immediately admitted that he went over too easily, pleading Ashby not to award a spot-kick.
Ashby was unmoved by Fowler's honesty and stuck by his original decision. Fowler's penalty was saved by Seamen but Jason McAteer rammed in the rebound. Liverpool went on to win the game 2-1.
Clearly, honestly didn't pay off on that occasion but Fowler was later given the UEFA Fair Play award for his actions, but how many players would own up to diving nowadays?
With simulation playing a major part in today's game and with players seemingly diving on a weekly basis, it begs to question whether we will ever see such honesty from a footballer again.
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