Posts Tagged ‘punishement’

  1. Discouraging divers: how football can eliminate playacting from the game


    April 4, 2012 by Kyle Whitman

    Replay cameras spotted Didier Drogba deviously peeking at the referee between agonising clutches to his face after receiving what appeared to be an elbow to the head in Chelsea’s Champions League clash with Napoli. The Ivorian wanted to make sure that his theatrics had worked, that the referee had given Chelsea the foul. He had. Those same replays also revealed that the Napoli defender’s arm was nowhere near Drogba’s face. It was the most obvious example of simulation. It was dishonest, unsporting, illegal and, sadly, a common occurrence in modern football that has largely come to define the game.

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