NO FAIRPLAY THIS
Despite the claims of the FIFA bosses, players at the current world cup do no desist from diving. The latest example is the one that resulted in the ouster of Australia from the world cup. Players dive and then the appeals that follow are bound to test the nerves of the referee. This is especially the case when big teams like Italy are involved. The rub of the green most certainly goes in favour of the more famous players and teams. The players have cultivated the habit of appealing for everything.
In cricket, there are some punitive measures to tackle the problem of excessive appealing. That can in some way reduce the farcical ‘fall and appeal’ routine that has become the most repeated trick in the world cup of 2006.
This is not fairplay.