Footie fall guys not the only sin­ners

Midweek Sport - - THURSDAY NOVEMBER 1 -

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

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