Diving should be sending off offence, believes Crystal Palace chairman

Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish believes that players should be shown a straight red card for diving, the Daily Mirror has reported, after his team lost at Manchester United on Saturday.

Ashley Young was booked for simulation during the first-half by referee Jon Moss, before the same player earned a disputed penalty shortly before half-time, in an incident that saw Eagles midfielder Kagisho Dikgacoi dismissed for a professional foul.

And Parish, who watched from the stands alongside manager Ian Holloway, thinks Young should not have been on the pitch when the penalty was awarded. He told BBC Radio 5 Live: “If preventing a goal-scoring opportunity is a straight red then trying to create one by cheating should be a straight red also.The only player in the incidents that was honest was Kagisho Dikgacoi and he’s sent off and banned for the next match. Ashley Young’s dive and the appeal before put pressure on the ref to give a subsequent penalty that was certainly outside the area and probably wasn’t even a foul.

Ashley Young has a yellow card and three points and we have no points and one less player to pick from for the next game. (It) might have cost us a point that might keep us up. (We) Need to get some momentum behind a straight red for a dive.

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