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Time for divers to be banned?

Once again, the Premier League weekend was subject to a little controversy as a number of players were accused of diving to try and win their side a penalty, or get an opposing player sent off.

One of the big examples of this was Luis Suarez for Liverpool against Stoke City on Sunday as the Uruguayan went down far too easily in the second half of the a football result   that ended goalless draw between the two sides at Anfield.

This made Stoke boss Tony Pulis come out and ask for Suarez to be banned, suggesting that too many players get away with doing it and that if they were suspended for diving, it would cut it out of the game.

These days it is almost impossible for a referee to give a penalty as there is always the doubt that a player has tried to con the officials or whether there was enough contact. Someone like Suarez is constantly in the headlines for playacting and it has led to him getting a lot less spot-kicks.

However, he seems to keep on doing it and maybe a ban would be a big statement of intent from the Football Association that they want to get diving out of the game and it would make a player think twice about doing that.

The FA could use video evidence after the match, and if someone has clearly dived to try and win a penalty of having a member of the opposition sent off, then it is them that face the ban.

No one likes to see a player cheating – there is a big difference between winning a penalty and looking for one. If you feel contact in the box, then you have every right to go down, but if you go into the area knowing you are going to fall to the ground – you deserve to be punished.

This is not just a pick on Suarez either, there are players all round England that are guilty of it. When you are successful in trying to con the referee it can have a massive impact on a team’s season – which is really not fair.

By Laurie Fitzgerald

The racism row that has developed over the past week involving Luis Suarez and Patrice Evra threatens to develop into a worrying story.

Manchester United defender Evra has accused Liverpool striker Suarez of repeatedly using a racially abusive word during their clubs’ 1-1 draw at Anfield last weekend.

Suarez has vehemently denied the accusations, which the Football Association began to look into after Evra and United manager Sir Alex Ferguson asked for the alleged abuse to be put into the referee’s match report.

But the French left-back is adamant that he was a victim of repeated racism by the 24 year-old, and is continuing to press on with these allegations.

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has come out and backed his Uruguayan forward in light of the brewing controversy while the investigation by the FA continues.

It should be made clear at this point that there has been no evidence publicly produced to support either Evra’s claims nor Suarez’s pleads of innocence, so no-one can say that either of them are right or wrong at this stage.

However, what we can debate are the consequences for the person found to be the guilty party in this unwholly saga and the repercussions that should await them.

If Evra’s allegations are proven to be legitimate, then serious action should be taken against Suarez in racially abusing not just another professional, but ultimately another human being.

There is no excuse for that kind of mentality, and when you ply your trade in role which makes you impressionable to younger people, then the appropriate authorities within football need to make an example of Suarez.

Especially when you consider that English football has worked so hard in recent times to oust racism from the game by players and fans alike, highlighted by the ‘Kick Racism Out Of Football’ campaign.

So potential long-term bans and heavy fines would await Suarez if he is proven guilty – but if the allegations are proven false, then what does this mean for Evra?

Making a complaint of this nature about another person is an incredibly serious accusation to make, as this is the sort of stigma that can haunt someone for the rest of their careers.

Unless it is completely proven that Suarez did not use a racist term then the former Ajax star will always be viewed by some members of the public as a person that does not respect all forms of race.

For Evra to categorically stand by his original statement of the events means he must feel he has a viable case, but if it is proven that the 30 year-old has lied, then he needs to take responsibility for his own actions.

Both men can state their misunderstanding of the situation if proven to be in the wrong; Suarez can say he was mistranslated by Evra, and Evra can indicate that he misheard what was being said.

Until the FA have concluded their enquiries then we will not have a clear picture, only the word of the two individuals involved.

Whichever man is proven wrong though must know that the worst is yet to come.

So what do you think? Should either man be punished depending on the outcome of the allegations? Leave a comment and let us know your views.

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