Fifa president Sepp Blatter has called for the introduction of a time penalty as an effective means towards stamping out diving in football.
Football has evolved into some form of theatrical display for ‘some’ who chooses to playact as a “smart” means to victory and, again the English Premier League has produced 13 yellow cards for such this season in their bid to discourage cheaters and sanitise the game.
The head of world football’s governing body feels players who get treatment but are not badly injured should have to spend some reasonable time outside the pitch before returning for play.
“I feel it deeply irritating when the half-dead player comes back to life as soon as they left the pitch,” Blatter said in his weekly column.
Blatter’s statement come few days after Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho criticised his player Oscar for diving, following an incident during the club’s victory over Southampton when the Brazilian was cautioned for allegedly playacting in the area after rounding goalkeeper Kelvin Davis.
Manchester United’s Ashley Young and Adnan Januzaj have also gotten into the referee’s book for appearing to dive, so is Luis Suarez, who was also criticized by the Portuguese tactician after Chelsea’s win over Liverpool.
Blatter wants players feigning injury to wait on the touchline until the numerical deficit begins to tell on the proceedings.
“The referee can make the players wait until the numerical disadvantage has had an effect on the game,” Blatter continued.
“In practical terms, this is a time penalty and it could cause play-actors to rethink.
“The touchline appears to have acquired powers of revival which even leading medical specialists cannot explain.”
Blatter, 77, thinks football has been soft on diving and wants its perpetrators to be reprimanded for their unprofessional behavior.
“Even though simulation is incredibly unfair and looks preposterous when viewed in a replay, some people regard it as smart or in the worst case as a harmless misdemeanor,” he added.
“The longest breaks in the game nowadays are almost exclusively the result of dives, simulation and play-acting to feign injury.
“This kind of thing is treated with scorn in other sporting disciplines but it has become a normal and accepted part of football nowadays.”