Chelsea forward Kai Havertz should have been sent off for diving in the their FA Cup semi-final clash vs Crystal Palace, according to Jamie O’Hara.
The main talking point came in the 39th minute, when Havertz picked up the ball and attempted to burst into the box, before seemingly going down after contact from the right leg of Marc Guehi.
Although replays swiftly showed that actually Guehi was about a million miles away from making contact…
Loool havertz dive pic.twitter.com/7V0AJZkPn2— 🇮🇪 (@AFCPAULINE) April 17, 2022
The outspoken talkSPORT and Sky Sports personality O’Hara was absolutely infuriated as he watched the German international fling himself to the floor in an attempt to get a cheap free-kick on the edge of the penalty area.
The former Tottenham midfielder was reporting on the game for Sky Sports News when he had his say on the incident:
“It’s a shocking dive,” O’Hara said.
“Absolutely no place for it in the game. He’s got a booking for it. The Crystal Palace players are going crazy because that for me is such bad simulation.
“It’s not what you want to see in the game, especially at the highest level in a big moment.
“It’s actually stupid from him because his first touch takes him past the defender anyway. He’s in, he can get a shot off. He’s almost one-on-one with the goalkeeper.
“Shocking from him. I hate to see it in the game. We need to get it out as quick as possible.
“I would have sent him off.”
"I would have sent him off!" 😡— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) April 17, 2022
Jamie O'Hara was NOT happy with Kai Havertz after the Chelsea man was booked for diving. pic.twitter.com/jvgNzDM0Ej
Referee Anthony Taylor disagreed, opting to show Havertz the yellow card which seems like a fair outcome- although admittedly, it was nice to see an official properly punish these acts of insolence.
Too often do we have to witness players in the top echelons of European football incorporating play-acting into their game, as if they had been simultaneously operating out of London’s West End throughout their entire career.
The only way we can stamp it out of the game at this point is through proper punishment and so credit to the referee.
A red card though? We aren’t too sure about that one…