Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 21 August 2014

Moyes wants video for diving

Ashley Young was booked for diving against Crystal Palace

Manchester United manager David Moyes has called for the use of retrospective video action to stamp out the curse of diving.

Having made his feelings known on the subject during his Everton days, Moyes presumably did not expect to be confronted with it quite so early in his United reign.

But the Scot has spoken with Ashley Young over the winger's conduct on Saturday, when he deliberately initiated contact with Crystal Palace midfielder Kagisho Dikgacoi, then toppled over looking for a penalty.

Referee Jon Moss immediately brandished a yellow card at the United man, who later did win a spot-kick when he was bundled over by the same player, who was sent off.

Moyes felt Moss handled the situation perfectly this weekend.

However, he does feel the use of post-match video is the best way of sorting out the problem, which even he is powerless to stamp out completely.

"I can never be sure it won't happen again," said Moyes.

"I have had a word with him (Young) privately. I've said for many years we should have retrospective video for diving. That would help referees no end.

"Moving from Everton to Manchester United doesn't change my views on that because it is really difficult at times."

Palace chairman Steve Parish has gone even further, claiming diving should be treated in the same harsh manner as preventing goalscoring opportunities.

"If preventing a goal-scoring opportunity is a straight red then trying to create one by cheating should be a straight red also," Parish told BBC Radio 5 Live.

"The only player in the incidents that was honest was Kagisho Dikgacoi and he's sent off and banned for the next match.

"Ashley Young's dive and the appeal before put pressure on the referee to give a subsequent penalty that was certainly outside the area and probably wasn't even a foul.

"Ashley Young has a yellow card and three points and we have no points and one less player to pick from for the next game.

"(It) Might have cost us a point that might keep us up. (We) need to get some momentum behind a straight red for a dive."

Yet, as Rio Ferdinand pointed out, the situation is not quite so straightforward.

For, in other parts of the world, what is regarded as a heinous crime in England is just part of the game.

"It's weird," he said.

"It's got to happen across Europe and the world, not just in our league.

"You go into the Champions League and you have been told in the Premier League you are not meant to dive, then you get players from other countries who simulate."

And Ferdinand is also aware the current trend is more towards an acceptance of players going down if there is the slightest contact.

"As a defender, you don't want people trying to con the referee, but if there is contact, the player has the right to go down," said Ferdinand.

"It has become a part of our game that, as defenders, we are used to. You have got to defend with your head and think how you are going to combat the forwards.

"They are cute and know how to deal with this type of stuff.

"It is such a difficult thing for referees to say someone dived or there was contact. Retrospective viewing and punishments may be the way to go."

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