Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 22 October 2014

Diving cheats must be cut out of game: Boyce

Fifa vice-president Jim Boyce has joined calls for players who dive to be punished retrospectively and claimed simulation is becoming a cancer in the game.

The issue has come to the fore following Liverpool striker Luis Suarez's clear dive at the weekend, after which Stoke boss Tony Pulis called for players adjudged to have been guilty of simulation to be banned for three matches.

The Football Association does not currently allow players to be punished for diving retrospectively however — referees can only show a yellow card at most — but Boyce, Britain's representative on Fifa, believes associations should.

Irish FA Life President Boyce said: “I have seen several incidents recently, and I watched the latest Suarez incident two or three times and to me it is nothing less than a form of cheating.

“It is becoming a little bit of a cancer within the game and I believe if it is clear to everyone that it is simulation then that person is trying to cheat and they should be severely punished for that.

“It can be dealt with retrospectively by disciplinary committees, and it is done so in some associations, and I believe that is the correct thing to do.”

The issue has been discussed by the FA and the leagues before without any change in policy. The Premier League have previously suggested a three-man panel to review contentious incidents.

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