Originally Posted by moses
Look at the offence, you said it. Mata may have thought the ball crossed the line, Young for me had the man beaten but instead played for the peno and then dived. That's why one is getting more shit than the other. So to ask why one s vilified and not the other is obvious, as you say, look at the offence.
Mata has a better angle then these picture provided (where depth and angle give it credence) ... we know thanks to the magic of tv the ball didn't cross the line, and Mata is at a much shallower, and more acute angle that he probably had a fair bit of doubt in his mind that the ball had not crossed the line.
It is quite hypothetical though, so I take your point. Young's is certainly the more obvious offence, in that he made a calculated decision to play for a penalty and dive, but I would venture Mata has made an equally calculated decision. His celebration was of one that was trying to sway the referee, he wouldn't have been looking at him whilst running off otherwise.
In my mind, if he had just turned and appealed, that would be one thing... the fact that he ran off in a manner of saying "Yes! I've definitely scored a good goal there ref" is a bit decietful.