Tuesday 26 September 2017

'It's utter rubbish' - Sam Allardyce on FA's decision to ban players who dive

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 14: Sam Allardyce, Manager of Crystal Palace looks on prior to the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Hull City at Selhurst Park on May 14, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 14: Sam Allardyce, Manager of Crystal Palace looks on prior to the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Hull City at Selhurst Park on May 14, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images)
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Crystal Palace manager Sam Allardyce has described the Football Association's decision to ban players who are found guilty of diving next season as 'utter rubbish'.

The new offence of 'successful deception of a match official' is based on a law already used in Scotland and was approved at the FA's annual general meeting at Wembley on Thursday.

Incidents of suspected diving will be reviewed by a panel comprised of an ex-manager, ex-player and an ex-referee, and where the panel are unanimous in believing a player deceived a match official, the sanction will be a two-match ban.

Allardyce rubbished the FA's decision and said that judgements concerning simulation should be made on the pitch using video technology.

"It's utter rubbish because what about the lad that gets booked that didn't dive?" said Allardyce at a Crystal Palace press conference on Thursday.

"What are they going to do with that? They're going to say 'oh well that's unlucky' or 'next time we'll try and get that right', so the lad that dived gets punished but then the lad that gets punished when he didn't dive.. they're going to have to reverse that somehow.

"Bring technology in and we can look at it on the day and then bring a sin-bin in so we can put them in the sin-bin for 10 minutes and then put him back on, and stop paying all these people money to do rubbish situations in the game."

Allardyce also supported Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho's criticism of the Premier League for failing to move Sunday's fixture between United and Palace to an earlier date.

United will travel to Stockholm for Wednesday's Europa League final against Ajax just three days after hosting Palace in their final league game of the season.

Allardyce said that the English football authorities could have easily brought the game forward and that it's a shame that England are not like other countries who he claimed would 'bend over in fixture terms to help their teams win European competitions'.

"There's no doubt about that (that the game should have been moved)," added Allardyce.

"It's a great shame that we are not like other countries, who will bend over in fixture terms to help their teams win European competitions. We've all been moaning about the fact we're not getting anywhere near the Champions League or we're not getting anyone winning the Europa League.

"When you look at Jose's fixture list, this will be his 63rd game on Sunday. It's a tremendous effort but no help unfortunately from the Premier League to give him the best chance of winning a trophy that Manchester United haven't won. That would happen abroad. They would change the fixtures for you.

"Because there is nothing on our fixture it is easy to change it. We're not going to influence anything one way or the other in terms of results for ourselves, and it would have been a good gesture by the Premier League to have done it to give them the best chance."

Allardyce is already without Andros Townsend for a fixture Mourinho says will be started by his 20-year-old third-choice goalkeeper Joel Pereira. As he has done recently, the Portuguese again plans to field a weakened XI, saying "I hope you don't kill me when you see my team".

Allardyce was then asked if he would do the same in Mourinho's position, and he said: "No doubt about that. The XI that play at Stockholm would probably not feature at all in this last game.

"It would be wrong for me as a manager to jeopardise anybody that you want to pick for that football match. We all know that injuries happen more in competitive matches than they do in training.

"Having played 62 games, the rest period between now and playing in that game is massive for his team.

"We're going to play the last game with the fittest team we've got. There will be some changes but my team want to play at Old Trafford. They don't want me to leave them out.

"Whether Jose plays a weakened side or not, it will always be a difficult task because if there are younger players at Manchester United, they're definitely talented. It's a job we need to do and hopefully we can go there and do it. The players are looking forward with no pressure on them to go perform on one of the biggest stages in football."

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