Footie fall guys not the only sinners
is it about this country that makes so many people foam at the mouth about diving in footie?
It can be annoying – particularly when your team is on the wrong end of it.
But how many of those stamping feet, pumping fists and going red in the face are equally enraged when their team benefits from a dive?
Too much of the phony fury around football decisions is little more than shit theatre. Many fans aren’t really bothered about diving – just about winning.
If a dive means they don’t win, it’s a convenient way of disguising their own team’s ills.
The diver immediately becomes the panto villain – “Oh yes he DID” – and everything else is little more than a side issue.
But, by the same token, if a dive favours their own team, many supporters are happy to turn a blind eye.
The same is true of players and managers.
Diving has again been filling the papers in recent times, with Liverpool’s Luis Suarez target No.1.
Tottenham’s Gareth Bale was also highlighted for it, while even Everton’s Phil Neville was at it in the Merseyside derby.
Chelsea’s Fernando Torres is also at the centre of a “dive storm” (yawn) after he was sent off against Manchester United on Sunday.
But why just diving? Is it really THAT important?
Every game is packed full of different types of what is generously termed “gamesmanship”.
If every player that indulged in one of the dark arts was branded a