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What’s in this can? Oh it’s just a load of worms!

Diving is cheating

I don’t need to tell you that. Every week we see a professional footballer throw himself to the floor in attempt to gain an advantage. The media love it as they can get a lot of mileage out of it and some players then become “notorious” divers

However I find the fact Arsenal’s Eduardo has been banned for two games is farcical (at least)

Short piece on the site

The UEFA Control and Disciplinary Body today examined the case of the Arsenal FC player Eduardo "for deceiving the referee" during the UEFA Champions League play-off second leg match on 26 August against Celtic FC, and has suspended the player for two UEFA club competition matches.

Appeal deadline
This decision may be appealed against by the club or player within three working days of the dispatch of the reasoned decision.

TwoFootedTackle has a great opinion on this which you should go and read

There are lots of reasons why I take umbrage with this

1) Why now?

If Uefa, Fifa, whoever had announced at the start of the season that they were clamping down on diving and that they would be using video evidence to retrospectively punish players then fine. But why at the end of the Arsenal game? When we get to the next set of games will they do it again if someone else dives?

2) Pick a punishment

Generally players get booked during the game if the referee decides they have dived they get a yellow card. If they do again during the same game they’ll get another yellow card, followed by a red which means a one game ban

Two dives in one game equals one game ban

In the Champions League you get banned for picking up three yellow cards.

So three dives in three different games equals a one game ban

So why have Uefa decide a two game ban is appropriate?

If he had decided during the game it was a dive then it would have been a yellow card. No more

So either the referee didn’t see it or he didn’t think it was a dive. How do Uefa get to a two game ban?

3) Deciding what is a dive

There has been a lot of debate about whether Eduardo actually dived or not and he is the only person who knows 100% for sure

Every time diving gets discussed there is a lot of talk about players moving so fast that it doesn’t take much to knock them over. I can agree with that so how do we actually know when someone is intentionally diving or not?

Here are some good examples from the next game Arsenal played in against Manchester United

There have been some suggestions that Rooney dived to win this penalty

What I think this is an example of winning a penalty. Rooney and Almunia are racing for a ball. Rooney gets there just ahead of the keeper knowing that if he can just get it away from the keeper he’s going to get taken out. Obviously he doesn’t make any attempt to stay on his feet for maximum effect

I do think it’s a penalty but I can certainly see why Arsenal fans would be unhappy with it

In contrast with Eboue. (about 20 seconds into the video) who comes inside Evra, realises Carrick is there and throws himself over. Surely Mr Wenger would have been telling his players in the build up to the game that they needed to be on their best behaviour?

That’s my take on it all

Diving does need to be stamped out but it’s not a black and white subject (unlike goal line decisions…but that’ll keep for another time) and any punishment needs to be consistent so everyone knows where they stand

While we’re talking about a penalty in the Manchester United vs Arsenal game. I think Darren Fletcher’s tackle on Andrey Arshavin was easily a penalty

Back on it

Ooops…Just realised it’s been almost a month since my last post!

A combination of work and illness have kept me away from the blog. I didn’t realise it had quite been so long!

We’re now a couple of weeks into the season and last years Premier League first and second placed teams have bounced back from defeats (Burnley 1 –0 Man Utd, Tottenham 2 – 1 Liverpool) to score a hatful of goals (Wigan 0 – 5 Man Utd, Liverpool 4 – 0 Stoke)

As usual the press decided to write both teams off as soon as the final whistle went on those defeats.

I really find it odd trying to predict the outcome of a season on the back of two or three games. What if Liverpool or Man Utd win every single game between now and the end of the season?

For the rest of the “big four” Arsenal and Chelsea have both looked impressive. If Tottenham and Man City can also keep their good start going it will turn out to be an exciting season. Fingers crossed!