Sunday 9 December 2012
Diving and our pathetic biased xenophobic media
I have absolutely no problem with anyone criticising Santi Cazorla's dive yesterday against West Brom. There was minimal contact and it was not a penalty. Reid did get nowhere near the ball and try to kick him though. It was also rather evident that despite being a dive, there are far worse dives every week which are routinely ignored by out pathetic media.
The problem I do have is the ridiculous overreaction whenever an Arsenal player is caught out diving and it has to be said it doesn't happen very often as we get few penalties compared to regular cheats like Manchester United, and we don't dive as much as many other sides. The reaction to Cazorla's dive in the media shows quite beautifully how morally bankrupt, inconsistent and hypocritical many of the morons covering football in this country are. Interestingly last week many of our esteemed footballing pundits were trying to justify Gareth Bale's diving as he was simply 'anticipating' contact, funny how this logic is not applied to Arsenal players.
Gareth Bale is a terrible cheat, he does it week in week out and has already 4 bookings to his name for diving this season. Yet the media have never hounded or ganged up on the cheating Welshman as they have pathetically bullied Eduardo and Cazorla. This inconsistency gives their game away. For example take Bale's pathetic dive at the Emirates last season, the media largely ignored this clear act of cheating.
The media have never been honest or objective on diving. We have seen ritual cheating ignored from many domestic cheats like Rooney, Owen, Gerrard and Young. There is clearly a xenophobic element to it. However this is not the whole explanation, some clubs get away with it, look at Cristiano Ronaldo and Van Nistelrooy, two of the worst cheats I have ever seen, but as they played for Manu the media largely let it go and never hounded these serial cheats.
Interestingly Alex Ferguson's stupid comments on the matter help perpetuate this myth that it is just foreign players that are to blame, the fact that he has had several of the worst home-grown cheats in his squad make his logic seem utterly retarded (Beckham, Owen, Rooney, Young etc). I agree to a degree with Kun Ageuro, referees are generally a bit biased against foreigners when it comes to diving, they are also a bit biased to certain clubs such as Manu. The penalty statistics prove this pro-Manu bias clearly.
Overall diving is a serious problem in world football that is being ignored as the governing bodies, which include the Premier League and the FA. If football were not a corrupt sport then we would have introduced video technology, we would have reduced refereeing bias and error in doing so, and we could have introduced retrospective punishment for diving and violent tackling. Alas as things are at the moment, we have a corrupt sport in which a clear bias exists in refereeing, as well as a pathetic biased mainstream media which simply perpetuates common myths and preconceptions in a lazy manner.