It Is Time to Rewrite the Rules On Diving

01 September 2009

When I heard that Arsenal's Eduardo got a two game ban by UEFA for diving against Celtic last week, I mentally went 'yea sounds about right'. When I read that Arsenal were appealing the two game ban, I instantly became enraged.

Once the rage died, I started thinking. FIFA's logic in all matters is that rules can't be changed because they can't be applied down the entire pyramid. While I understand that for some things, I call absolute bs on the matter of diving and on video evidence being used post match. When it comes to diving/simulation, it's time for FIFA to come to it's senses and rewrite the rules.

With the rules as they are written now in regards to diving, if you're caught in match, it's only a yellow card. Each country's FA and each Confederation have their own rules with how potential cheaters are dealt with after the fact. UEFA, on an inconsistent basis, has banned players two matches for simulation post match. I honestly couldn't tell you how others Confederations deal with diving once a match is over, and that's another problem that is solved here.

FIFA instantly needs to change the laws on diving to read like this: if you are caught diving in game, it's a straight red card and a subsequent two match ban. If the referee misses a dive and they think something needs to be looked at post match, it's written in the referee's report and then they look at the video tape to give their opinion to the FA/Confederation. The report and tape are both then looked at and if there is an agreement simulation happened, the player is then banned for three matches.

Now the question I know everyone is going to hammer me on: how do we deal with video evidence as you go lower in the football pyramid? The answer to that question is a simple one: the lowering cost of technology today. Pricing a digital camcorder, you can get one for around 350 dollars. All you need are four cameras looking at the action in four different spots following the action at all times. Put one behind both goals, one in one half on a touchline, and the other on the opposite touchline in the other half. Those basic camera angles, if being used correctly, should catch every act of simulation possible. If teams want to use six cameras (placing two on each touchline), then so be it. That's only 1400-2100 dollars to catch every dive possible. If a club can't afford to come up with at least 1400 bucks, I seriously question if they deserve to be in business.

If football really is serious in stopping simulation, this is the only course of action I see that will stop it in it's tracks. The lowering price of technology today is a big help. If you have any better ideas how to stop diving, I would love to hear them! Let us know by leaving a comment below.


Anonymous September 3, 2009 at 3:56 PM  

Good piece. I agree 100%

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