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Last Updated: Thursday, 30 March 2006, 06:36 GMT 07:36 UK
Fifa rejects FA's plea on diving
Chelsea's Didier Drogba
Didier Drogba has been accused of going to ground too easily
Fifa has turned down a request by the Football Association to use video evidence to punish players that dive.

FA chief executive Brian Barwick gave the game's world governing body an idea on how the problem could be combated.

A Fifa statement said: "A disciplinary committee may rectify obviously incorrect decisions taken by a referee.

"But a referee's discretionary decision cannot be classed as such - in general, factual decisions taken by the referee cannot be overruled."

Fifa went on to add that rules are already in place which allow referees to punish players that dive and that all officials ahead of this summer's World Cup finals will be instructed to crack down on the problem.

The issue of diving has been highlighted recently, with Chelsea striker Didier Drogba appearing to admit to it before later retracting his comments.

Barwick has expressed his sympathy for referees, while asking everyone involved in the game to take responsibility for the problem.

"There is a definite need for close co-operation and self-policing," he said.

"It is essential that managers, players and clubs are closely involved as they are the ones who suffer the most directly from it.

I think something should be done about it when you get certain players who are blatantly diving
West Brom boss Bryan Robson

"It is about players cutting it out of their game, managers refusing to tolerate it among their players, referees spotting it and punishing it when it happens and governing bodies supporting them."

Blackburn boss Mark Hughes said he thought diving occurred more often than in the past.

"It's certainly more prevalent than it used to be," Hughes told BBC Radio Five Live.

"There's also more focus on it now, with the amount of coverage there is available - it's more prevalent and it's highlighted more.

"Maybe there are certain players who go down too easily under challenges and maybe they need to be highlighted more than others that just, on occasion, seek an advantage."

West Bromwich Albion boss Bryan Robson agreed that the problem was getting worse.

"I think something should be done about it when you get certain players who are blatantly diving," Robson told Five Live.

"It's always been a talking point in the game and it's been highlighted as of late.

"It's up to the FA and the Premiership to make sure something is done about it."




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