No matter what club you are a fan of, you can’t deny that Cazorla dived to win Arsenal a penalty at the weekend. The video is clear to see and subsequently the topic of diving is back under the spotlight.
While most of the reactions have largely been predictable, it was interesting and also a little disappointing that an interview with Cazorla a couple of months ago suggested that the little Spaniard saw diving as part of the game.
Cazorla is quoted as saying by the Daily Mail:
Sometimes you dive and yet it’s not something that should be a big controversy.
It’s something that happens in football. Sometimes you’re thinking: “Will they touch me or won’t they touch me?” You go over and then realise they haven’t touched you. It just happens.
While to an extent this is true, the manner in which players have been going to ground in recent years has been ridiculous. There is certainly a difference between trying to avoid a bad tackle and going down in a heap to win a Grammy.
Sergio Busquets, Christiano Ronaldo, Luis Suarez, Ashley Young and Gareth Bale have certainly made headlines for their antics and has prompted strong calls for the FA to introduce punishment for such actions.
Wenger himself weighed in on the debate in April of this year suggesting that any blatent dive should be simply punished by a three match ban, which is the equivalent of a straight red-card. It is still unclear whether he will take disciplinary action against Cazorla however.
Yet, while good options are on the table, the FA still refuses to implement any kind of law that would address the issue. The Premier League has a dubious goals panel, but are not willing to follow the MLS by using retrospective video evidence for simulation.
It is a shame that the FA has failed to act as their inactivity has effectively let simulation become what it is today. It is pretty clear the individual dives because there is a big imbalance between the potential reward versus the potential punishment.
Ultimately the FA want to only implement the perfect law, but in all fairness it doesn’t have to be perfect, it just has to be enough to detour the action. An imperfect law that improves the situation is surely better than doing nothing and waiting for a miracle remedy. Unfortunately it seems we will still be waiting for a while yet.
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