Sadio Mane comments on 'diving'

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Why is there no source included in the OP?
 

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- claiming handball
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Ok. Why is diving so much worse than claiming handball when they are both deliberately trying to get penalties for no fouls?
 

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He is not really said anything bad. He quoting Pep Guardiola definition of "dive"

basically saying that if he gets fouled and will go down for a penalty. If you want to call it a dive they he will dive for a penalty.

The whole cheating element is part of the game, always has and will be. Defenders foul constantly and get away it, they are cheating officials by not getting caught. How many times do you see a slight shirt pull, or way or slowing the opponent which is out of view of the ref. Same with Attacking players.
 

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Ok. Why is diving so much worse than claiming handball when they are both deliberately trying to get penalties for no fouls?
I rarely see anyone call for handball when it was clearly not a handball, and those that do it are usually serial cheats. Handballs are usually called as a question, when it's very close to call and it 'maybe could have' touched their arm, there's a margin of error. With diving, you know if you've been touched or not - there's no maybe's, no questions, you've chosen to be deceitful.
 

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So was Ole's tackle against Newcastle's Rob Lee through on goal. Or, any number of the hundreds of "tactical" fouls made every single PL round. United vs Reyes was blatant, and violent.

Football is rife with cheating, always has been. However, while kicking people around with no intention of making a fair challenge is generally tolerated, or even celebrated, faking getting kicked is seen as a huge crime.

The issue with diving can't be that it's cheating, because not all cheating is treated equally. It also can't be because of the consequences, because a cynical foul can gain you just a big advantage as a dive can. In my opinion it's mostly just culture, especially UK culture. Violence is macho, it's what hard men do. Diving is soft.
I don't like professional fouls either. Ole's was comical because it was so brazen but most of the time it's a pure dickhead move. Not sure why we're comparing other forms of cheating though. Diving is far and away the most prevalent form, with the most severe consequence if it works. Most professional fouls are done in the build up so to only get a yellow, and a goal would've been far from guaranteed. A goal is as close to guaranteed as it gets if you win a penalty. Cheating isn't equal.
 

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We deceive ourselves if we think cheating hasn't been part of the game since its inception. I want my players doing whatever they have to do to win.
Seems pointless if you're just gonna cheat. It'll be whoever cheats the hardest wins, and often is. That's a bit shit in my opinion.
 

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I think he’s meaning if there is contact and he feels it he will go down, either that or he has a few marbles loose. PL fans seems much more pissed off with diving than other leagues in Europe for some reason, the Italian and Spanish leagues just seem to get on with it.
True, it's cultural. Ethics in the British game have always been about working and tackling hard. Fouling an attacker is justified if it's perceived to be an honest attempt to get the ball. The ethics in Latin football have been set by attacking players and there's a wider understanding that because defenders will foul and cheat to stop them, they are entitled to bend the rules in their favour. They are more in tune with the smart/stupid spectrum of behaviour on the pitch. In Britain our game has been shaped by big, simple and wholehearted players - aggressive centre-halves, all-action midfielders, physical target man. Guys who embody the values of the fans on the terraces. Whereas the Latin game has typically produced more sophisticated players where their cunning and cleverness is respected. And they've got less sympathy for stupid defenders making a mug of themselves.
 

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We deceive ourselves if we think cheating hasn't been part of the game since its inception. I want my players doing whatever they have to do to win.
Where does the line go? Is doping ok if you don't get caught? This sort of thinking is so cynical, unhealthy, antiprogress and the opposite of what sports is all about. We don't have to cheat because others do it. We should fight it in stead. I want us to be better than this!
 
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True, it's cultural. Ethics in the British game have always been about working and tackling hard. Fouling an attacker is justified if it's perceived to be an honest attempt to get the ball. The ethics in Latin football have been set by attacking players and there's a wider understanding that because defenders will foul and cheat to stop them, they are entitled to bend the rules in their favour. They are more in tune with the smart/stupid spectrum of behaviour on the pitch. In Britain our game has been shaped by big, simple and wholehearted players - aggressive centre-halves, all-action midfielders, physical target man. Guys who embody the values of the fans on the terraces. Whereas the Latin game has typically produced more sophisticated players where their cunning and cleverness is respected. And they've got less sympathy for stupid defenders making a mug of themselves.
Very good post mate, I agree whole heartedly. Shearer is a good example, hard working didn't mind a bit of rough, knew where the net was and loved to through an elbow but nothing much was said. Poch himself said something along the lines of what you are saying, he got roasted for it mind you.
 

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Anyway, I bet Liverpool fans still won't admit their players dive :lol:

At least (most) United fans admit and condemn it when one of ours does it.
 

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Anyway, I bet Liverpool fans still won't admit their players dive :lol:

At least (most) United fans admit and condemn it when one of ours does it.
what does condemn it means when you cheer for the penalty goal the dive gave? When the club won’t fine the player or fans won’t boo the player for winning a penalty through dive? Let’s not act United fans have superior morals here. We all hate when it happens to us. We all take it when it’s given to us. Owen dives against Argentina and the whole country cheered for the penalty.
 

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what does condemn it means when you cheer for the penalty goal the dive gave? When the club won’t fine the player or fans won’t boo the player for winning a penalty through dive? Let’s not act United fans have superior morals here. We all hate when it happens to us. We all take it when it’s given to us. Owen dives against Argentina and the whole country cheered for the penalty.
It means we acknowledge it for what it was and exclaim dislike for it. Plenty of people do that on here if a United player dives, which is a stark contrast to most Liverpool fans.

Not sure what all the random examples from 10 years ago has to do with this, as if they justify anything.
 

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Scholes didn't do it. Messi doesn't do it.

The odd stray incident - many players do. And that doesn't make it right either.
I'm pretty sure what he's talking about it when they feel a bit of contact or a bit of contact coming then they go down. The vast majority of players do it including Uniteds. I actually think Martial at the weekend didn't get his pen because his dive was too obvious.
 

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I'm pretty sure what he's talking about it when they feel a bit of contact or a bit of contact coming then they go down. The vast majority of players do it including Uniteds. I actually think Martial at the weekend didn't get his pen because his dive was too obvious.
Except he's a proper diver regardless of his comments.
 
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He should get banned for this. It's admitting that he's cheating and he's encouraging it.

He's the biggest cheat in the league for me and a strong contender for Neymar's Falon D'Or. Salah would probably be third.
 

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Doesnt hurt to read past headlines sometimes. It's not that black and white.
Some in this thread are just being deliberately obtuse. This is what you get when you accept these cheats. Ronaldo was a diver at United and I'm glad it was not accepted and called out. If anything it probably made him improve his behaviour. That's the positive outcome we should want rather than brushing it under the carpet.
 

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Some in this thread are just being deliberately obtuse. This is what you get when you accept these cheats. Ronaldo was a diver at United and I'm glad it was not accepted and called out. If anything it probably made him improve his behaviour. That's the positive outcome we should want rather than brushing it under the carpet.
Like I said its not that simple. A pure dive with the intent of fooling the referee with nothing happening is different than exaggerating a fall or rolling around a little extra.

BTW Messi has dived as well.
 

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Like I said its not that simple. A pure dive with the intent of fooling the referee with nothing happening is different than exaggerating a fall or rolling around a little extra.

BTW Messi has dived as well.

If anyone has played football they would understand that sometimes running at speed, loss of balance can make it look like a dive where in actual fact you are trying to get avoid getting injured.
 

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Like I said its not that simple. A pure dive with the intent of fooling the referee with nothing happening is different than exaggerating a fall or rolling around a little extra.

BTW Messi has dived as well.
Don't disagree with the that.

Messi doesn't really do it. It's like Rooney and that rare occasion against Arsenal.
 

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Why wouldn't you dive? The worst you can get is a booking, the best you can get is a penalty and almost a guaranteed goal (unless you're United). The risk: reward is heavily biased on the diver's side.

It's not punished harshly enough but the lines are so grey it's difficult to officiate objectively. Hence why players like Mane will get away with it 9 times out of 10.
Then they should punish divers with a yellow card and a penalty to the other side. That would get rid of it in a hurry.
 

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Just want to see Scholes hit a volley.
If anyone has played football they would understand that sometimes running at speed, loss of balance can make it look like a dive where in actual fact you are trying to get avoid getting injured.
Which goes back to my point that its not as simple as "intent".

Don't disagree with the that.

Messi doesn't really do it. It's like Rooney and that rare occasion against Arsenal.
"doesn't really do it" isn't the same as never doing it. Don't see you calling Messi a cheat and it would be ridiculous to say so.
 

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If you don't go down you don't get a penalty.

So many instances we see players trying to get on with it, lose the ball and don't get the foul called back.

If it was my player i'd tell them to hit the floor ASAP.

HOPEFULLY in the future this changes, but we need more bans for simulation also. The game seems happy to give them a yellow card and forget about it.
 

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He is a diver, arguably the biggest in the league and Pep is right to mention it. As is Klopp with their tactical fouling.

Both managers should stop denying or dancing around these issues.
 

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If you don't go down you don't get a penalty.

So many instances we see players trying to get on with it, lose the ball and don't get the foul called back.

If it was my player i'd tell them to hit the floor ASAP.

HOPEFULLY in the future this changes, but we need more bans for simulation also. The game seems happy to give them a yellow card and forget about it.
This. As long as refs are shit, and they are and seemingly always will be, diving is not just part of the game but a necessity
 

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Lots of odd justifications. Most of the time these players aren't drawing attention to fouls but creating the foul.
 

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Which goes back to my point that its not as simple as "intent".



"doesn't really do it" isn't the same as never doing it. Don't see you calling Messi a cheat and it would be ridiculous to say so.
Its weird how the better players are being called divers, might have something to do with their brilliant ability to draw a foul and shift the ball that second quicker before the defender gets there.

Same way as how defenders shielding the ball go down and get a cheap freekick. But that is said to be "being clever" or using his "vast experience"
 

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Its weird how the better players are being called divers, might have something to do with their brilliant ability to draw a foul and shift the ball that second quicker before the defender gets there.

Same way as how defenders shielding the ball go down and get a cheap freekick. But that is said to be "being clever" or using his "vast experience"
It's usually just commentators who say that and for a long time they refused to acknowledge any diving whatsoever. Also the consequence isn't the same.
 

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Lots of comments in this thread, that i started, depict the state of society in general at this point in time.
Condoning any type of diving from any player and the stupid comments of Mane is pathetic.
We all know that he's a diver but he should have kept his mouth shut about it.
 

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Lots of comments in this thread, that i started, depict the state of society in general at this point in time.
Condoning any type of diving from any player and the stupid comments of Mane is pathetic.
We all know that he's a diver but he should have kept his mouth shut about it.
Big drama show.
 

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It means we acknowledge it for what it was and exclaim dislike for it. Plenty of people do that on here if a United player dives, which is a stark contrast to most Liverpool fans.

Not sure what all the random examples from 10 years ago has to do with this, as if they justify anything.
you are arguing United fans are morally superior than Liverpool fans. I say football fans are the same. Acknowledging and expressing dislike is something a politician would say to tell people what they want to hear while not really caring.
 

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Which goes back to my point that its not as simple as "intent".



"doesn't really do it" isn't the same as never doing it. Don't see you calling Messi a cheat and it would be ridiculous to say so.
If he dived he cheated. As simple as that. There's obviously a difference between doing it once over a long career and habitually.
 

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you are arguing United fans are morally superior than Liverpool fans. I say football fans are the same. Acknowledging and expressing dislike is something a politician would say to tell people what they want to hear while not really caring.
I'm arguing that more United fans admit when a player of ours dives than Liverpool fans do. It's as close to a fact as possible at this point. Considering I lived in Liverpool for years so have plenty of Liverpudlian mates, plus have Liverpool supporting mates in my closest friend group who I've known since primary school, plus have supported United all my life, been pretty active on a United forum for the last 10 years, and have lived and worked in Manchester, I think I can make that comment in good standing.

This is really all by the by though. I just found it funny that so many have argued their players don't dive, yet here he is admitting it.
The main point that's been made is that any cheating shouldn't be accepted, especially diving as it has the most severe consequence of on-field cheating.
 

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So was Ole's tackle against Newcastle's Rob Lee through on goal. Or, any number of the hundreds of "tactical" fouls made every single PL round. United vs Reyes was blatant, and violent.

Football is rife with cheating, always has been. However, while kicking people around with no intention of making a fair challenge is generally tolerated, or even celebrated, faking getting kicked is seen as a huge crime.

The issue with diving can't be that it's cheating, because not all cheating is treated equally. It also can't be because of the consequences, because a cynical foul can gain you just a big advantage as a dive can. In my opinion it's mostly just culture, especially UK culture. Violence is macho, it's what hard men do. Diving is soft.
Not the same. Ole makes the tackle knowing he'll get punished for it. A diver has the ball, dives knowing that the opposition will get punished for it. In one case the ref makes the correct call, in the other he doesn't. You are kidding yourself if you think that cynical fouls have as much effect on a result as diving does. I've barely seen a proper penalty in the PL this season because players go down to the softest of touches and yet we've never seen as many penalties. Just players blatantly cheating every week and turning the game around.

People not seeing a problem with diving and "doing everything it takes to win" is what's wrong with football.