Some people seem to have made up their mind that Gareth Bale dived for yesterday’s penalty award. I happen to think he got the slightest of clips and when you’re running at that speed you will never be able to stay on your feet.
Let’s say you’re right and he did dive, is it only cheating if the penalty is awarded? Because from the match I was watching yesterday Gibbs tried to have a little dive as well but the ref saw straight through it but yet I don’t see many people criticising the Arsenal player for attempting to con the referee into awarding a penalty and let’s be honest if Bale did dive at least he made it look a bit more realistic, I bet 99% of you before seeing a replay thought it was a stonewall penalty!
However you can only be shot down by the media and the fans if the penalty gets awared, if it doesn’t then you get off with no mention of it ever again, until someone like me points out the obvious. I am one of the few people that think if you can earn your team a penalty by looking for it and going down after getting a slight touch then go for it, I played football to win games and in the modern game where so much is at stake can we blame the players of today? The football world governing bodies can’t be too bothered because if they wanted to stamp out simulation all they have to do is start hitting players with suspensions or teams with a points deduction, harsh punishments would eradicate the problem but if we didn’t have controversy then we wouldn’t have the beautiful game we know today. There would be nothing for pundits to talk about on Sky Sports, talkSPORT etc. So be careful what you wish for because we could take it too far and change our game into a boring game like cricket.
To Arsenal fans, well played yesterday you deserved the win, no sour grapes here but if you want to have a pop at Gareth Bale for what you perceived as a dive then I have 2 words for you….. Robert Pires