Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas has given his views on diving and wants the Football Association to clamp down on those players who make the most of challenges, ESPN
Referee Howard Webb was criticised by Villas-Boas for giving away two penalties against his side in the 3-3 draw with Manchester United last weekend. The second penalty given against Branislav Ivanovic was particularly contentious and Villas-Boas is hopeful that the FA will look into incidents such as these in the future.
Villas-Boas said: ‘Referees have pretty clear orders on simulation, but it is difficult for them to assess the difference between simulation and fouls in those situations. They need the right backing to decide on these actions, and when it is simulation, a yellow card should be given. In the end it is the player who proves his smartness. Some are called cheats and divers, others are clever and smart for making the most of the situation. The referee has to have the correct focus’.
The Chelsea boss has stated his hope that incidents in the future will be referred to the Professional Game Match Officials Limited, who oversee the elite full-time officials. PGMOL general manager Mike Riley should have the decision to punish the referee or the player, according to Villas-Boas. The Portuguese manager takes his side to Goodison Park this weekend to face Everton.
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