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I notice there have been no comments made yet about Huyte's dreadful tackle on Lisbet which should have been redcarded, or Gallas' blatant handball in the box which should have given Charlton a penalty.
Not that Gallas is the only player to get away with a penalty, but surely in retrospect you would have to ban him for 1 game, just like you should ban Zokora for his dive? After all, he would have got at least a yellow card if the penatly had been given , so surely same rules apply?
And all the furore over Zokora's dive - what abotu Stephen Gerrard's blatant dive in teh first game of the season against Sheffield UNited, without which Liverpool would probably have lost the game? Don't recall there being a massive uproar and cries to ban and fine him, but then he is English.
In my argument I have stressed the use of Video Technology in goalscoring situations and within the box, and also to adjudge whether a ball crossed the line.
The intentions of a fouler or handball situation are a huge grey area. It will still be the referee's call whether it is ball to hand or otherwise and the same goes for fouls; some will be allowed and other will not - a foul a not like a offside or ball crossing the line.
Video refereeing will not always help with diving. But where it is clear that there is no contact then a ref cannot award a penalty.
Tripping over a defender's leg is a big grey area. First, at the speed some of the players approach the box or execute a turn or dribble it is always going to be hard to judge whether they deliberately tripped over a stray leg or not. A defender that sticks his leg out in the box is also asking for trouble - the defender obviously had put his leg their to disrupt the player e.g the Lucas Neil against the Italians.
We have seen situations where a player had tried to stay on his feet and/or try to dodge a stray leg or tackle; then not been rewarded because he lost the ball.
If there is absolutely no contact and there is no obstruction* then the referee will have to not give. Whether they punish the fallen attacker is another issue - I think a lot of armchair pundit incl ex-pros are quick to judge the modern players and accuse them of diving. As long as the player is not rolling around and badgering the ref for a foul or a card then they should not be punished.