This a thousand times. At this point the divers get rewarded for their actions, or maybe in some instances a yellow card. But really they should face some actual punishment when a video like this surfaces. That's the only way to get it out of the game. It wouldn't hurt to have refs make a call without a player feeling the need to drop when someone brushes them, but at least start with the most egregious and work from there.
that's the key though, if players have to fall down to get a foul they will fall down. then they will further fall down to con refs.
cause it's a sport about conning 1 ref for a big reward. soccer thrives on this.. the little guy getting one over on the big guy or the big guys getting all the calls over the poor little guys. Conspiracy! Controversy! Tabloids! drives the sport worldwide
Watching the Oilers defend is like watching fire engines frantically rushing to the wrong fire
Yup you're not going to shame a player into not diving.
It will only stop once A) Refs stop falling for it and provinding the divers team an advantage, B) You suspend/fine the player for each infraction so it actually takes a toll on their pocket books, and C) Calls actually get made on fouls that do happen but a player doesn't go down.
Dives and cynical fouls though. While we're at it we should eliminate those as well.
Cynical behaviour is the very reason that the GAA introduced the black card in Ireland.
Is it working? I follow Gaelic Games quite intensely and I would say Yes. But it has had a LOT of teething problems, particularly with lack of consistancy with refs in application of the rules. That is to be expected but it is getting better.
And regarding substitutions. A card counts as a substitution. Used up all your subs and get a black card? Tough merde. And I don't know on what planet players decide to go for a dive when they see their number up on the board. Never done it for a yellow why would they do it for a black?
Dives for me, should be a straight red, a fine and a suspension.
I hate to see them yellowed whilst a defender/goalie gets a red for a last man back clumsy challenge.
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I know Ibra is kind of unique, but he's still 35 and at that age coming back from a torn ACL is going to be mighty difficult. Only one season in the PL, but still an impressive one. Gotta think it's off to MLS retirement now for sure.
"Think I'm gonna be the scapegoat for the whole damn machine? Sheeee......."
Relegation battle is going to be interesting. Bournemouth is destroying Middlesbrough right now and both Hull and Swansea pull off impressive wins vs Watford and Stoke. That's pretty much curtains for Middlesbrough and of course Sunderland already, but the race for the third club to go down is going to be intense.
12. AFC Bournemouth - 38 (4 games left)
13. West Ham United - 38 (4 games left)
14. Leicester City - 37 (6 games left)
15. FC Burnley - 36 (5 games left)
16. Crystal Palace - 35 (6 games left)
17. Hull City - 33 (4 games left)
18. Swansea City - 31 (4 games left)