31 Dec 2014

Arsenal boss calls on FA to ban diving antics

6:46 pm on 31 December 2014

The Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has called on the Football Association to ban players who dive in order to rid the game of play-acting to win free kicks or penalties.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Diving is once again a hot topic in the Premier League after three Chelsea players, Cesc Fabregas, Diego Costa and Willian, were all booked for simulation this month.

Wenger says the only way to solve the problem would be for the FA to have the power to take retrospective action against players who have clearly dived.

Wenger says only obvious cases should be punished as sometimes it's hard to judge what is intentional

But he believes the only real deterrent is if players know they could get suspended.