Tuesday, August 19, 2014


Harsh decision? Diego Costa attempts to take the ball around goalkeeper Tom Heaton before being booked

Former English Premier League stars were involved in a Twitter spat following Diego Costa's controversial booking for a dive during Chelsea's 3-1 win at Burnley on Monday night. And you will be amazed!

For starters, former Manchester United defender Gary Neville, now a pundit on Sky Sports, claimed every player, at one point or the other had gone to ground to win a foul in the Premier League era.

But ex-Liverpool striker Stan Collymore, took the argument further.

Collymore, who is now a radio presenter and commentator, said he will quit broadcasting if Neville can find footage of him diving. Now that this is interesting.
This is the background of the whole gist.

Diego Costa was cautioned by referee Michael Oliver for simulation after going down under the challenge of Burnley keeper Tom Heaton but TV replays showed he had been fouled and Chelsea should have been awarded a penalty. 
Referee! Chelsea players surround referee Michael Oliver as Costa kneels inside the area at Turf Moor

However, Collymore insisted the Chelsea striker dived but added that 'most pundits' would say it was a spot-kick, as indeed Neville did. 
 Forthright: Stan Collymore's opinion on the Costa incident - Neville, who played with Ronaldo, disagreed
The former Manchester United defender went on to say on Sky Sports that 'every player' would have gone to ground at some stage during their career.
Going down: Neville falls after a Didier Zokora challenge (although he was fouled by his opponent)

The debate escalated on Twitter after the match with Collymore insisting that he had never gone down to gain an advantage.

Eventually, he challenged the Neville to find footage of him diving, saying he would walk away from radio and TV if he did.

Keeping his feet: Collymore hurdles Mark Crossley to score for Liverpool in 1996
Neville, a Sky Sports pundit returned with a counter challenge that if Collymore had dived during his career he then must wear a Manchester United top in Liverpool.

Neville tweeted: 'As I said every player. Give me a few days or so. Need a sky anorak in the archives? Anyone?'

Now it is up to Gary Neville to use all the resources available to him in Sky Sports in finding a footage wherein Collymore deliberately dived to gain advantage.
 Discussion: Neville's replies and (below) Collymore's reponses in the great diving debate

So Neville, we are waiting o. 

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