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View JRW2's Profile JRW2 Flag Dulwich 08 Feb 18 10.04am Send a Private Message to JRW2 Add JRW2 as a friend

I was interested to read your comments on diving, as reported in yesterday's "i" newspaper.

You apparently referred to diving as "a sporting tactic". And you argued that "football is about trying to trick your opponent". Yes, it is, but it shouldn't be about trying to trick the referee, who has a hard enough job without players setting out to deceive him.

You also attack video technology, saying that refereeing errors are an intrinsic part of the game. I guess your real objection is that the technology could be used to expose the cheats.

You tell us that in your playing days in Argentina diving was regarded as a skill, which was practised in training, and players who succeeded in tricking the referee were congratulated.

I can only suggest that you go back to Argentina, because I suspect most decent British people will find your attitudes very offensive and as setting a bad example to both players and children.

There's one thing you said on which I almost agree with you, namely, that Alli "is a little bit nasty". It's the "little bit" that you've got wrong.

 

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View Eaglecoops's Profile Eaglecoops Online Flag CR3 08 Feb 18 10.38am Send a Private Message to Eaglecoops Add Eaglecoops as a friend

Originally posted by JRW2

I was interested to read your comments on diving, as reported in yesterday's "i" newspaper.

You apparently referred to diving as "a sporting tactic". And you argued that "football is about trying to trick your opponent". Yes, it is, but it shouldn't be about trying to trick the referee, who has a hard enough job without players setting out to deceive him.

You also attack video technology, saying that refereeing errors are an intrinsic part of the game. I guess your real objection is that the technology could be used to expose the cheats.

You tell us that in your playing days in Argentina diving was regarded as a skill, which was practised in training, and players who succeeded in tricking the referee were congratulated.

I can only suggest that you go back to Argentina, because I suspect most decent British people will find your attitudes very offensive and as setting a bad example to both players and children.

There's one thing you said on which I almost agree with you, namely, that Alli "is a little bit nasty". It's the "little bit" that you've got wrong.

Wow, if he said all of that then he deserves a 6 match touchline ban for bringing the game into disrepute. I cannot believe that a senior manager of the beautiful game can even think that way let alone say it.

 

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View sxp55's Profile sxp55 Flag South Norwood 08 Feb 18 10.46am Send a Private Message to sxp55 Add sxp55 as a friend

entitled to his opinion. haven't got to agree with it

Edited by sxp55 (08 Feb 2018 11.01am)

 


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View Willo's Profile Willo Flag South coast - west of Brighton. 08 Feb 18 10.56am Send a Private Message to Willo Add Willo as a friend

Perhaps his words were taken out of context or mis-interpreted.

For avoidance of doubt I have not seen the article in question.

 

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View Eaglecoops's Profile Eaglecoops Online Flag CR3 08 Feb 18 11.24am Send a Private Message to Eaglecoops Add Eaglecoops as a friend

Originally posted by sxp55

entitled to his opinion. haven't got to agree with it

Edited by sxp55 (08 Feb 2018 11.01am)

To be fair, advocating cheating is a bit more than an opinion as a representative of top level football. Let's hope he has been taken out of context.

 

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View sxp55's Profile sxp55 Flag South Norwood 08 Feb 18 2.36pm Send a Private Message to sxp55 Add sxp55 as a friend

Originally posted by Eaglecoops

To be fair, advocating cheating is a bit more than an opinion as a representative of top level football. Let's hope he has been taken out of context.

"Today we are so sensitive. I like to treat the sense of football. Football for me is being creative. To try to not cheat but trick the opponent in a good way.

 


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View Willo's Profile Willo Flag South coast - west of Brighton. 08 Feb 18 2.46pm Send a Private Message to Willo Add Willo as a friend

This is what Wenger thinks about 'Diving' and English players.

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One wonders if there would have been a furore if an English manager made similar comments about French players ? Or even African players ?

Edited by Willo (08 Feb 2018 2.46pm)

 

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Originally posted by sxp55

"Today we are so sensitive. I like to treat the sense of football. Football for me is being creative. To try to not cheat but trick the opponent in a good way.

Call it what you like mate, it sounds like he is all for cheating to me based on his Argentine practices.

 

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