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Rugby world reacts after farcical Champions League football dive

Rugby world reacts after farcical Champions League football dive
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A number of rugby players, past and present, have taken to Twitter to discuss a farcical dive in football’s Champions League. The incident saw Roma’s Edin Džeko belatedly fall to the ground when the referee was near, after touching heads with an opposition player.

It was a flagrant act of cheating, with the aim of getting the other man sent off.

In light of this, a number of players have derided him, with plenty of tongue-in-cheek retorts.

Rugby, of course, is not exempt from behaviour like this, but it is much less rife and has perhaps never seen something as deplorable as this.

But with the danger of this actually becoming more common in rugby, some do not see the funny side in this as much.

Even referee Nigel Owens had his say on the matter, saying behaviour like that is not acceptable in any sport.

Rugby players and footballers often get compared to one another and how they conduct themselves on the pitch, and it is a debate that will rage on. But this does not do footballers any favours.

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6 Comments

  •  benny
    benny
    11:05 AM 08/03/2019

    At the very least he needs ten minutes off the field an HIA

    Reply
  •  alasdairduncan3
    alasdairduncan3
    9:04 PM 07/03/2019
    Top Comment

    Why aren't these incidents at least cited retrospectively?Sensibly long bans would cut this from the game very quickly indeed, without impacting the play too.

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    •  rugbydump
      rugbydump
      8:34 AM 08/03/2019

      Always thought that. It surely wouldn't be difficult to do either

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    •  r-rugby10
      r-rugby10
      11:56 PM 07/03/2019

      The simple answer is: they love it. It's a part of the "drama" and "strategy" of the game. 

      Reply
      •  pickay
        pickay
        10:15 AM 08/03/2019

        You mean it adds the soap opera element to the game?! But I agree, back in my dark past I used to play amateur soccer, and diving, delaying the game and cheating in general was always encouraged by my coaches. They told me I had to be smart, and that these were important tactical elements of the game.

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        •  rugbydump
          rugbydump
          10:39 AM 08/03/2019

          It makes sense - if you can get away with it, bending the rules is part of most sports. Sadly, Johnny Sexton admitted to the same thing recently, especially as he felt late hits on him weren't being penalised. So he just stays down a bit longer to influence the officials. Slippery slope

          Reply


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