In that situation, wouldn't it be great if the referee could turn to the 'fouled' player and ask him: 'Did you dive?'
Controversy: David Ngog dives over the challenge of Lee Carsley
Divers beware! FA will use video to ban cheats like David Ngog who con the refereeDiving Pool: Birmingham boss Alex McLeish furious as Liverpool's French striker David Ngog cheats to win vital penaltyGRAHAM POLL'S OFFICIAL LINE: Diving David Ngog should hang his head in shame In Germany they tried an experiment with deliberate handball with surprising success.
When the referee suspected that a hand had been used in the scoring of a goal he would ask the player.
If the player admitted that he had handled, a free kick was given and no disciplinary action followed.
If he denied it was handball the goal stood, but if the video replay proved he had lied, a three-match ban followed.
Anger: Ngog is confronted by Carsley at Anfield
Players dive because the reward of a penalty when successful far outweighs a yellow card if caught.
Introducing the German example in england for simulation could be successful if a player feared retrospective punishment. Why not go for a five-match ban?
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