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“Utter rubbish” – Allardyce on FA plans to introduce retrospective bans for diving

Date Posted,May 17, 2017

Crystal Palace boss Sam Allardyce has rubbished plans by the Football Association to introduce retrospective bans for diving.

The FA held their annual general meeting on Thursday and have approved plans to introduce a panel who will review footage from the weekend each Monday looking for cases of simulation and will ban any player found guilty of diving.

But according to football.london Allardyce is totally against the idea and has questioned what will happen to players who are wrongly booked for diving, which could be interpreted as a thinly veiled nod to Wilfried Zaha’s misguided reputation for going down too easily.

Wilfried Zaha has come under fire this season (Photo: PA)

“Rubbish. It’s utter rubbish,” he said.

“What about the lad that get’s booked that didn’t dive? What are they going to do with that? They’re going to say that’s unlucky, next time we’ll try and get that right. You’ll then have to reverse that somehow.”

However, what Sam might not be aware of, is the fact that the Scottish Football Association’s rule 201 gives a disciplinary panel the power to rescind yellow cards for players who were wrongly adjudged to have dived as well as impose two-game bans for acts of simulation missed by the officials.

Sam Allardyce has big concerns over the new rules (Photo: Action Images via Reuters)

However, the debate gets messier when you take into account players who win penalties by diving in the box, as Hull’s Robert Snodgrass did against Palace earlier this season.

Sam added: “Bring technology in, let us look at it on the day, and then bring a sin bin in so we can put him in that for 10 minutes and then put him back on. Stop paying all these people money to do rubbish situations in the game. That’s utter rubbish.”

Zaha is the most fouled player in the Premier League this season, but that doesn’t take into account the many occasions where he is taken out but not awarded anything…especially in the box.

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Sam agrees and wants referees to protect his star man – who is on the verge of agreeing a bumper new contract at Selhurst – more next season.

He added: “I’ve been pestering referees to get him more protection. He’s the most fouled player by a million miles in our team. See if we can enhanced that talent a bit more because it’s clear that everybody is targeting him unfairly when they play us.

“He’s flourishing, and getting a lot of publicity. And of course with a bigger contract there’s a bigger responsibility, so when he gets the bigger contract I’d be expecting a lot more than I’m already getting, which is saying something as I’m getting an awful lot now.”

Former Palace boss Alan Pardew is in favour of video assistance and told Sky Sports a few weeks back that he had spoken to Zaha about diving during his time at the club.

Alan Pardew is in favour of video assistance (Photo: Dan Mullan)

“The only way to outlaw it is to have video technology,” he said.

“I have sort of suggested ‘you didn’t get a lot of contact’ but you have to keep your players on your side, you’ve got to defend your players, got to keep the balance of the group, its a very delicate area, I always tried to call it as I saw it.

“I spoke to Wilf a few times, particularly on ones that I thought were delicate touches. Half the team want to kill him, half the team want to pat him on the back.

“It’s part of the game that we all want to see the back of and the only way to see the back of it is if referees call it right every time.”

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