Steps Being Taken to Stop Diving
The Football Association is investigating the problem that plagues their sport – players diving.
Both The English Football League and Professional Footballers’ Association have made an agreement to change the rules. Once in place, the panel will review matches that were played in the previous week and identify anybody who is time wasting. Players in the Premier League caught diving will be given a ban.
Last December, Burnley manager, Sean Dyche spoke about how he thought diving would be gone within six months.
Many footballers dive to buy a free kick or a corner. Soon, that will lead to a certain yellow card, if not a red. Also, there is a possibility a player may be banned for the rest of the season.
Football players now need to stop diving, especially in an important game because that can result in a team losing a player- if not the game!
In the Premier League, this new rule will affect most players because diving is so common. (Middlesborough’s Gaston Ramirez’s recent dive during the Bournemouth game being a good example.)
Such bans have been in place in Scotland since 2011. The Scottish FA watch examine a game at the end of the match to see if any players dived and, if necessary, they will raise a complaint to the Scottish League.
Luke, Year 6
Heighington Millfield Primary Academy