By the time Danny Welbeck went down in the box, Branislav Ivanovic had well and truly pulled out of his challenge. You could see by the extremley awkward stance and tangle of legs as the Serbian attempted to manouver his body into a twister position simply not possible. Welbeck then planted his foot in front of Ivanovic’s and then tumbled down like a train had just driven into his back.
Now that may be looking at it from a Chelsea perspective, however there was very minimal contact, certainly not enough to bring him down. Maybe not as blatant a dive as ones we’ve seen but still simulation none the less.
The first penalty was a less common method of getting a undeserved spot kick, but more effective. Patrice Evra is aware of Daniel Sturridge’s challenge coming in, he puts his foot in between Sturridge and the ball at the last minute, the striker goes in and Evra crumbles. Was a very soft penalty. What otherwise would have been a very good challenge, has been turned into a goal by some very cheap play.
Chelsea may not have played better football but deserved to win the game, and we very hard done by. At 3-0, and Evra’s claim correctly turned down, United don’t really have a great chance of getting back in the game. But instead they get an underserved penalty, the morale gets a boost, and they carve their way back into the game.
We saw a similar situation to the Evra/Sturridge one in the Manchester City v Fulham game. Adam Johnson stuck his leg in front of Chris Baird’s attempted tackle and went for a dive roll. The penalty was given.
It all highlights the fact the good penalty winners can win football games over the good footballers. However it’s becoming an increasing problem. Although refeeres can pick up some simulation in game, it is more easy to highlight a dive after a match. Things like heat sensors, like the things they use in cricket, can determine a levels of contact. And i would say a one game ban or fine would be appropriate for a dive because of the huge impact they can have on a game.
This could fix a lot of issues as it would also cause, if it was a ban, managers to clamp down on players and make them hesitate to go down.
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