Friday, February 18, 2005

Roy Keane Wants Wristbands for Divers

"Diving" in soccer is a foul that is not often enforced. The act of pretending you have been fouled by an opposing player by falling dramatically to the ground is a bookable offense, because it can affect the outcome of the game.

Manchester Untied defender, Roy Keane, wants players who dive to be embarrassed into stopping by being forced to wear a diving wristband.

After Arsenal defender Ashley Cole was spotted diving against Keane a few weeks ago, the United captain became more irritated. After the match he said: "If I had known, I might have reacted differently. Before the game there was all this stuff about anti-racism and anti-bullying. It would be a good idea to start wearing wristbands for anti-diving."

(Roy Keane is a bully supreme, and maybe a flaming racist, which would explain his irritation with his industry taking a stance against these things.)

Keano continued: "It’s not just about foreign players because Ashley Cole is English but it’s something that has crept into the Premiership.

"Players are going down far too easily and it seems to be getting worse."

Though diving is tedious and bad for the sport, Keane's teammates Ruud vanNistlerooj and Cristiano Ronaldo (who has actually been cautioned for diving) are just as guilty as Cole or teammate Robert Pires, or the scores of other players around the world who dive. Even his teammate, the boy wonder, Wayne Rooney, is as guilty as anyone else for flagrant diving.

I agree that diving is unsporting and I think it should be discouraged by issuing cautions outside the box and penalties inside the box. Using a Hawthornian Scarlet Letter to shame an abuser into changing has not been successful in the history of Western Civilization, so I am uncertain. I almost want to support Keane's idea, but he is such an ass and a wanker that I would only agree to it if all defenders who are alcoholic wife-beaters also have to be so marked.

That should make them stop! Right, Roy! coverage

The Scotsman

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