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.
— Freddie Burns (@FreddieBurns) March 7, 2019
— John Barclay (@johnbarc86) March 7, 2019
I have just witnessed an assault on a football field. My thoughts are with Dzeko. Speedy recovery. https://t.co/Vbo6eiaHhc
— Jim Hamilton 🐺 (@jimhamilton4) March 7, 2019
— Martyn Williams (@martynewilliams) March 6, 2019
I nearly drowned. I flatlined multiple times. I had pneumonia and MRSA septicaemia. I've been left paralysed from the top of my shoulders down.
— Henry Fraser (@henryfraser0) March 7, 2019
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.
This is fucking embarrassing. https://t.co/ndKsw6YnSE
— Brian Moore (@brianmoore666) March 6, 2019
— Neil Back MBE (@NeilBack) March 6, 2019
This is mental, VAR should be used to send Dzeko off 😂 https://t.co/GNxmQzWMkh
— Jackson Wray (@JacksonWray) March 7, 2019
Even referee Nigel Owens had his say on the matter, saying behaviour like that is not acceptable in any sport.
Embarrassing behaviour by Dzeko. YC both or at least stern talking to the both of them for the foreheads to foreheads. But then a red card should to be given to Dzeko for his play acting and trying to get Pepe sent off. No matter what sport it is this is not acceptable. https://t.co/IxvGKbQGrM
— Nigel Owens MBE (@Nigelrefowens) March 7, 2019
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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