Tuesday, October 09, 2012

FIFA VICE PRESIDENT FEARS DIVING IS BECOMING A ''CANCER''


FIFA vice-president Jim Boyce is of the view that diving is fast becoming a "cancer" and wants culprits to be punished retrospectively in future. 

The issue has become a hot topic after Liverpool's Luis Suarez was shown to be trying to con the referee in his side's 0-0 draw with Stoke on Sunday.

The incident led Potters boss Tony Pulis to call for players adjudged to have been guilty of simulation to be banned retrospectively for three matches and Stoke City winger Michael Kightly believes divers are ruining football after witnessing a comical dive from Liverpool's Luis Suarez first-hand at the weekend.
The issue of diving has been discussed by the FA, the Premier League and the Football League before without any change in policy being taken.

The Premier League has previously suggested a three-man panel to review contentious incidents after every weekend, which could include simulation, and it would be open to renewing discussions on bringing in such a system.

The FA said the issue was often reviewed, with a spokesman saying: "Simulation is not something that the FA currently take retrospective action over but it is an issue that is often reviewed and discussed by the game's stakeholders.''

The Football Association does not currently allow punishments to be applied to players guilty of diving after matches but Boyce, Great Britain's FIFA representative, believes this is something that needs to be addressed.




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