Nah not really, it's more of a "tragedy of commons" type of behavior. Since every forward dives, since you're a small child you're "forced" to dive (by your own coach), thus it tends to become an ingrained behavior. Most football fans hate it though, as far as I know.A commentator on the U.S TV said that although the English consider diving cheating, the Italians call it 'clever'. Is there any truth to that?
I hope international refrees will be harder on him.They will be playing in the Champions league this year. Do you think he will be diving there just as much or more?
Ahah I don't agree, New Zealand had few opportunities and didn't attack much, it's hard to see how they could have scored more goals even if those free kicks had been awarded. Still, I do think 1-0 would have been the fair score.If the referee was to make the correct decision to not award the penalty kick to Italy, New Zealand could have maintained a 1-0 lead and we noticed that Italians did hack New Zealandians several times either inside the penalty area or close to it, yet they got away with it. Had the referee made the right decisions, New Zealand would have gotten more free kicks and possibly a penalty, which could have given them good opportunities to score a second goal.
Yeah, that might work; something that would work even better, IMHO: past 10 dives during a given international competition, the player is disqualified from playing at every level (thus, even national championship - champions league level). That'd be equivalent to a 5-10 million euros fine for high-level players.Wouldn't the Italian football federation be able to pay the fines by using their own funds? I am not sure if they would have to increase the ticket prices in order to pay the fines, so fans and citizens who don't care about soccer may remain unaffected if their national team was to be fined.