Hey lads! jak3y13oy bringing you an interesting topic here!
Its about diving in football!
Diving is ever becoming common in games nowadays with the likes of Suarez and Bale (and many others) intentionally going down to the ground.
Obviously its is breaking a rule of the game.
But, i am more concerned that this can ruin the game as the divers are 'role models' to children and young footballers, if they see their 'role models' do it, it will encourage them to do it in their games. It ruins the game for everyone.
So i've listed a few ideas (with a little research for help) that could help prevent diving and help the officials decision whether it was a dive or not:
A extra official behind the goal.
As you may know there are officials behind the goal in European games (Champions League Europa Cup etc.) and i found this a good idea as must dives happen in and around the box.
This can help justify if the player had dived or not from a different perspective! They also have other duties such as deciding if the ball went across the line (though goal line tech is coming very soon), looking for pushes and pulls in the box and many other duties.
Live evidence footage.
This is in many sports such as tennis, cricket and rugby league so why not football?
Like with another official behind the goal it helps the referee make a judgement from another perspective. Also it is very accurate as well as they can rewind, play in slow motion and observe the scene.
Though this can stop the game flow as it may take longer than a minute which could result in 10 minutes added time at the end.
What are your guys opinions about Diving in 'The Beautiful Game'? Also what do you think about these ideas and do you have any of your own?
Thanks for reading :)
P.s Here's a video of some 'amusing' dives in 2012! :)