Arsenal’s Santi Cazorla simulating in the box against the Baggies last weekend.

However, the defender was rather philosophical in his criticism, noting that due to the omission of in-game replays, referees have “a difficult job.”

He continued by stating, “If it’s a dive the focus should be on the person diving as well [as the defending tackle],” and by doing so it would create an impartial atmosphere for the foul – or dive – to be reviewed.

Olsson’s comment refocuses the debate by highlighting a ref’s intrinsically obstructed responsibility – devoid of video evidence – and then pointing the blame at the simulating players in question.

“I don’t like people diving. I’m not very objective either being a defender. Most of the time I like this league because of the fair play it contains,” he said before expressing his admiration for officials in light of a job without “the privilege of watching replays.”

Earlier in the year Arsene Wenger went further to suggest that a deterrent for diving should be legislated for by the FA. “If an obvious dive is punished by a three-match ban, the players would not do it anymore. I would support it. It has to be obvious diving.”

Cazorla’s dive came in the first half and stands as an obvious example of a player gaining the upper hand in an underhanded way.

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  • Chris
    2 years ago

    Concentrate on the serial divers and not the one guy that is new to a country and is still learning our ways . We all know know they are – Asley young , Bale, Suarez etc. this Witch Hunt on the Arsenal has to stop.!!!

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    • Savs
      2 years ago

      Dude, he’s not learning to eat fish and chips. He wasn’t touched AT ALL, he dived without being touched AT ALL, and he deserves all the criticism he is getting.

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      • John
        2 years ago

        So will Olsen be speaking to his team mate Rosenberg about his pathetic dive at the Emirates?

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  • porter
    2 years ago

    http://www.expressandstar.com/sport/west-bromwich-albion-fc/2012/12/10/santi-cazorla-is-not-a-cheat-say-west-brom-players/

    I refer your readers to the above .
    Strange how two journalists can put a different spin on the same interview. I suppose one is not desperate for hits.

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    • Chris Ioannou
      2 years ago

      First please consider this: The headline refers to the player’s comment that he doesn’t like divers, which when added with the fact that he and his team-mates (along with the rest of the television viewing world) saw Cazorla dive, these very timely comments are quite the denouncement, wouldn’t you agree?

      Ok, I’m guessing that you’re not going to agree, so I’ll tackle the this link that you’ve kindly copy/pasted.

      Shane Long says this: “a really silly dive you could tell from Cazorla’s reaction he was a guilty man”

      Olsson said this: “It’s the wrong decision – we could all see that. It’s hard to define cheating”

      Reid, this: “I wouldn’t brand a player that.”

      While Reid finds it difficult to say the word ‘cheat’ (which Olsson merely states is hard to define seeing as it carries so much weight and accusation), I see no West Brom players defending Cazrola. But what would you call gaining an advantage through simulation? I guess it’s cheating… maybe there’s another (less serious) word for it?

      Also, I can’t find – in the article you’ve linked – where it actually says that ‘West Brom Players’ (‘players’ being the operative word) uniformly say Cazorla is NOT a cheat? Where have they defended him then? All I see are two players who are uncomfortable with saying ‘a word’ outright (instead opting to suggest it, and there’s certainly no defence of Cazorla), and one player that says Cazorla is a guilty man for diving. Long has no problems accusing him of diving (as it says in the article you linked – the same article that says West Brom defend Cazrola)

      You can call it ‘cheating’ or ‘gaining an unfair advantage,’ but whatever way it is SPUN by you, me, or the Express & Star, Cazorla simulated diving and the West Brom players were agitated by it…. and they certainly didn’t defend Cazorla, which is a laughable idea.

      I’m unsure whether you have a problem with the Express & Star, my news article, or both.

      Seeing as all you’ve done is copy/paste a link without adding your opinion, please let me know what displeased you so much in my news article.

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    • Chris Ioannou
      2 years ago

      As for being desperate for hits, the headline in this article is fairly accurate given the subject matter, the views expressed by West Brom players and probably the anger from Baggies fans.

      But the headline for the link you’ve given (Santi Cazorla is not a cheat, say West Brom players) pretty much ‘spins’ the whole thing for a title that looks desperate for hits, considering the actual views expressed by West Brom players. I’m sure Arsenal fans would be more interested in seeing one of their own defended by the opposition (unfortunately, that isn’t actually the case in the article you linked)

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  • The Pot & The Kettle
    2 years ago

    Funny how there’s no mention of Rosenberg’s 2nd half dive which was 100 times worse (he lost the ball and tried to win a penalty because of his lack of skill!) But i guess West Brom players dont talk about their own player diving!

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    • Chris Ioannou
      2 years ago

      Now that you’ve mentioned it there’s no need.

      The problem is all pervasive that no one can really talk about it openly without having the finger pointed back at them. Like you say, Rosenberg’s fall would be an example of the hypocrisy in the ‘diving’ debate.

      I’d personally like to see video replays after you award a penalty, just to confirm the decision. The game is delayed for a moment anyway, and the obvious cases only take a moment. If the player simulates then he gets a yellow card – hopefully people stop going down in the box to gain a penalty when they know that after a penalty is awarded it goes straight to replay for confirmation. The same is done in the NFL – all touchdowns are reviewed and it takes about 10 seconds minimum

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  • The Pot & The Kettle
    2 years ago

    PS Olsen’s over-reaction to Giroud says you all you need to know about this talentless clogger.

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