The football (soccer) world is going to have to make a decision very soon regarding whether or not to enforce stricter penalties for diving or as it is termed in the soccer world ‘simulation’. The issue of simulation is becoming increasingly more prominent in the game. As Steve McManaman said “Diving was not as prevalent in the game back in the 1990s when I started playing, but it is different now” (Bennet, 2013).
Not only is diving/simulation putting fans off the sport it is also becoming very lucrative for clubs to accept such behavior. This is due to the fact that should a player dive and win a penalty, and win the game due to this dive the club gains an extra 3 points in the league “ultimately worth millions of pounds” (Bennet, 2013). I believe that all Football Associations need to step in and collaboratively create a piece of legislation that imposes a monetary deduction to the club and a player should he be caught simulating. With that said, judging if a player has dived or not can be tricky, so in order to make the correct calls referees should be given the freedom to stop the game and take advantage of the multiple angles that cameras can provide and then determine if sanctions should be given. Implementing such sanctions will allow the sport to be played at higher level and eliminate what many (myself included) experience to be an unpleasant aspect of the game.
Furthermore, if no action is taken and players are left to self-police themselves, I believe that the reputation of soccer will become tarnished and that will lead to potential fans choosing to avoid watching the game due to the obscene simulations. If anyone has watched a game and saw a slow motion replay of a player theatrically flailing himself to the ground when it is obvious no contact was made one can understand the potential concerns for the Football Associations around the world of doing nothing.