Originally Posted by Betterread
Arguably the biggest stars for their countries, Michael Ballack (german) and Steven Gerrard (British) have been caught on videotape diving, often with great success. Sheffield united manager Neil Warnock loudly criticised Gerrard for simulating in the Feb. 23 game vrs/ Sheffield United - it was one of the bigger stories of the EPL last week. Do you follow the EPL? If you don't you would see lots of diving by players from all countries.
Are you saying Gerrard dived ? In the first game of the season Gerrard avoided an attempted tackle by Chris Morgan of Sheff Utd to win the ball, if he did not avoid the challenge chances are he would have been fouled and gained a penalty. What he did was avoid the tackle but lost his footing which the referee saw as intent to foul Gerrard .
A penalty was given (rightly or wrongly) . For me Gerrard did not dive but reacted to a lunge from a defender and just lost his footing and fell down.
incident no 2 last weekend.
Liverpool had a corner, Gerrard & Sheff Utd defender Rob Kozluk had been holding each others shirts while jostling for position in the box before the corner had been taken. The referee spots this and tell them both he is keeping his eye on the situation. Corner is taken Kozluk grabs Gerrards shirt, Gerrard goes down quite easily. Penalty !!!!
For me in this situation Kozluk is stupid to grad Gerrard again after the Ref has had words, Gerrard played for the penalty BUT he was being held by the defender against the laws of the game.
Gerrard is an honest player. No dount about it.