Saturday 21 April 2018

James Lawton: Adam Johnson's diving confession shows football morality has hit a new low

IT seems like a lifetime ago but it is merely 15 years since Robbie Fowler told a referee and TV cameras that he had not been brought down by David Seaman in the penalty area during a vital collision between Arsenal and Liverpool.

Even then, though, the gesture was considered quixotic enough for leading TV analyst Andy Gray to declare: "His manager should give him a clip around the ear because it could cost his club the title."

Gray was doing no more than stating the reality of football morality, which is surely true of Adam Johnson's explanation for his head-long reaction to the featherlight contact made by Fulham defender Chris Baird at the weekend.

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