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One of the worst dives I’ve ever seen (Video)

Much has been said about Luis Suarez’s expoits, not all about football, over the last few weeks.

In fact, diving itself has been a big issue in English Football recently, with Sergio Aguero saying that Englishmen get all the decisions, while Sir Alex Ferguson said that foreigners do all the diving (and not Nani, of course, not Nani).

Steven Gerrard and Glen Johnson have both stuck up for Suarez, saying that he doesn’t get his fair share of decisions, and Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers lamented referees for basing their decisions of reputation instead of the foul itself.

I was actually going to write a piece saying how players’ reputations are getting in the way of often crucial decisions. We have seen Mario Balotelli being elbowed by Andy Wilkinson and getting nothing, and Suarez has been denied a few penalties over recent weeks.

I was going to write it, until I saw this. This woeful dive against Stoke is up there with the best (the best, the worst? I don’t know), he stumbles to his needs, and then tries to dive, from his knees, to the ground.

You can see why referees don’t want to give him any penalties Brendan!


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  1. jayden

    October 10, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    thats a disgusting dive but no player should be judged on repuition, i dont understand why Suarez is the only one getting targeted though, every player that dives should be punished, Bale dived against Villa, but no one seems to mention that, or Danny Welbecks dive against Wigan earlier on in the season, is it because they are both British and Suarez is not ?

  2. JP

    October 10, 2012 at 11:56 AM

    Fair enough, but is the vilification of this one player getting too much – any comments on Mr.Bale's equally dire performance last weekend. Didn't Redknapp justify Bale's diving as;”anticipation of an imminent tackle”? (I'm paraphrasing).

  3. Heethster

    October 10, 2012 at 11:56 AM

    Yeah well done author.Not.

    Suarez got atouch and decided (admittedly a bit late in the day) to go down. Teh referee saw it and felt the touch was not enough to put him on the ground and didn't give it. End of story.

    The worst dives are where a player isn't touched, pretends to be tounched and goes down rolling around. Suarez did none of these – he merely suggested that he was tripped.

    Get off the bandwagon, grow some balls and if you really know the game write something interesting.

  4. jayden

    October 10, 2012 at 12:14 PM

    I think actually bale said it himself, but none the less this is far from the worse dive ive ever seen, there are many dives weekend in and weekend out in leagues around the world, neymar dives alot more than suarez and i think bale has been caught many more times than suarez also.

  5. redscouse

    October 10, 2012 at 12:20 PM

    some great come comments there – well said people! I`m interested in who decides peoples reputations – as has been pointed out, others dive and have dived before – Bale is a serial diver and Ashley Young famously did it in consecutive games and was rewarded with an England shirt! I also think our journalists need to get some perspective – Huth stamps on Suarez, disgracefully seen and ignored by Lee Mason – Van Persie elbows an opponent Rooney style (remember that one for which he escaped punishment) and niether are charged – I would argue that stamping on or elbowing an opponent can do more damage than having them concede a pen even if it results in a yellow or red – I`m ok with bans for diving if it applies across the board and to all teams but while we have the tunnel vision of the media with its associated selective scapegoating all we`ll have is this two tier reporting that has left LS bearing the brunt of the anger over racism whilst the likes of Oliver Holt ride to the defence of John Terry

  6. Damien

    October 10, 2012 at 12:29 PM

    Who is this writer as it seems it is just another opinion like we all have but he gets it put on here…. He should not been given this spot as he does not concentrate on factors to back up what he has said…. Stoke's Hand ball which was Basketball, Stoke's Rugby tackle in the Liverpool game, when will they play football??

    The diving situation has to be taken out of the game but this has been said for the past 20 years and was brought in by the Spurs German international, but everyone is guilty of it now as we have mentioned above. We also seen Yaya Toure slopping around in the box like a fish with his dive but not mentioned so it is not down to nationality…. It seems to be at this point that it is directed to this one player and that is victimising.

    To back this up the FA give John Terry a 4 match ban for a similar offence to Suarez and he gets 8 matches….

    If this happened in a work place at any level this individual has a case against the company…..

  7. armchairLFCfan

    October 10, 2012 at 1:18 PM

    He lost his balance. It didn't seem like a dive to me. So what's the issue???