Manchester United took on CSKA Moscow in the Champions League on Wednesday, and midway through the second half Ashley Young threw himself to the floor in an attempt to kid the referee into pointing to the penalty spot – the man in charge was unmoved and let the game continue.
Former Arsenal hero, now pundit, Martin Keown has had his say on the situation, and called for the England man to be banned retrospectively.
“Well, he’s been doing it for years. As a defender you are appalled by that kind of thing. That’s where I’ve always felt the Premier League could do more in terms of retrospective action.” Martin Keown began.
“I’ve said before that if a player is seen to dive they should get a one game ban. Do it again and you get two or three games.
“That would quickly eradicate the problem because it wouldn’t make the risk worthwhile.
“It is cheating, ultimately, and we want honesty and integrity in our game.”
Although I would tend to agree with him, it just seems a bit rich coming from Keown in particular. He’s a horrible human being, does he not remember when he and his Arsenal teammates mobbed Ruud van Nistelrooy after the Dutchman missed a penalty? Him talking about fair play and integrity of the game is slightly hypocritical to say the least…