Monday 16 October 2017

Eleven of the worst diving offences in the Premier League this season

Ashley Young - The Man Utd player gives the impression he has banana skins stuck to his boots. The Palace game was the worst of many offences, sticking out his leg to ensure contact with Crystal Palace's Kagisho Dikgacoi.
Ashley Young - The Man Utd player gives the impression he has banana skins stuck to his boots. The Palace game was the worst of many offences, sticking out his leg to ensure contact with Crystal Palace's Kagisho Dikgacoi.
Luis Suarez - The Liverpool striker has split opinion yet again after winning a penalty against Aston Villa at the weekend. Brad Guzan rushed out, though made little contact with the Uruguayan as he raced through.
The Hull winger had already incensed West Ham over the way he won a decisive penalty in September but his attempt at an encore against Liverpool in December was met with a yellow card. Steve Bruce said he would have a word with the player.
Oscar - Outstanding all season, but is prone to the odd tumble. Mourinho conceded his attempt to win a penalty against Southampton deserved a red card.
Adnan Januzaj - Already becoming the focal point of a struggling United side, Januzaj has been booked on three occasions already for simulation, more than any other player. This one against West Ham doesn't make for easy viewing.
Emmanuele Giaccherini - Just 23 minutes in to the game against the Hammers on New Years Day, the Italian goes into the book for a ludicrous dive on the edge of the penalty area
Leighton Baines - Although Everton were leading Hull 2-1 at home in October and the game was in extra time, the left-back went down like a sack of spuds to win a free kick. Everton claim Baines slipped.
Jordan Mutch - A man-of-the-match display against Sunderland in December was tainted by an extravagant lunge by Mutch under an innocuous challenge from Sunderland's Valentin Roberge.
Marouane Chamakh - After taking the ball round Southampton Artur Boruc, Chamakh goes to ground instead of shooting. Ian Holloway said he was "annoyed" by his player's actions. We bet he was.
Michael Essien - After his mistake led to Southampton taking a first-minute lead in December, Essien wass booked for an almost pantomime dive and substituted at half time. Jose Mourinho backed referee Michael Oliver.
Andros Townsend - The winger sullied his superb display against Chelsea back in September with a theatrical tumble under a challenge from Frank Lampard. Townsend later revealed he apologised to referee Mike Dean for the dive.

Luis Suarez was back making headlines at the weekend after winning a penalty against Aston Villa. Accusations of diving, or if you prefer simulation, have been on the increase this season as players look to gain any advantage.

Here are eleven of the most high profile incidents this season, and no surprises to see Ashley Young, Adnan Januzaj feature. Though so too does an Irish international.

Telegraph.co.uk

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