GRAHAM POLL'S OFFICIAL LINE: Germany could hold the answer to combating divers like David Ngog

11 November 2009 08:54
Immediately after Peter Walton whistled for a penalty when David Ngog hit the Anfield turf he would have had doubts about the accuracy of his decision. 

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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