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Monday 25 September 2017

Diving crackdown must be across board – Rio Ferdinand

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand says a Premier League zero-tolerance campaign against diving will be pointless unless the rest of Europe follow suit.

Ashley Young's booking for a dive on Saturday thrust the issue back on the agenda, with Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish suggesting such conduct should be punished with a red card.

Young was booked and admonished by his own manager, David Moyes, for trying to con referee Jon Moss.

Ferdinand, however, said although there was merit to the indignation when players hit the deck too easily, in other countries it is not as frowned upon.

"If it's going to happen it's got to happen across the board, not just in our league," Ferdinand said. "It's got to happen across Europe, because you go in the Champions League and you've got to face certain countries who are simulating. It's difficult for a referee, so retrospective viewing and punishments may be the way to go."

Irish Independent

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