How can diving be tackled?

Manchester United's Ashley YoungThe issue of diving has been thrust back into the spotlight over the weekend after David Moyes admitted warning one of his own players against the art.

Ashley Young was the Manchester United man targeted by Moyes, who also said there should be retrospective action taken against players that dive.

Young was booked for going down too easily under a challenge from Kagisho Dikgacoi during United’s 2-0 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Dikgacoi was later sent off for fouling the England international in the penalty area.

In an email to BBC Radio 5 live’s 606 programme, Palace chairman Steve Parish said: “If preventing a goal-scoring opportunity is a straight red then trying to create one by cheating should be a straight red also.

“Ashley Young’s dive and the appeal before put pressure on the ref to give a subsequent penalty that was certainly outside the area and probably wasn’t even a foul.

“Ashley Young has a yellow card and three points and we have no points and one less player to pick from for the next game.

“[The result] might have cost us a point that might keep us up. [We] need to get some momentum behind a straight red for a dive.”

Last season saw 34 yellow cards shown for simulation in the Premier League.

That figure was the highest recorded in four years, up 14 on the previous season’s total, suggesting that diving is indeed a growing problem for the English game.

So, how can it be stamped out? Is retrospective banning the answer? Or is issuing red cards instead of yellow ones a good idea?

Rio Ferdinand agrees with his new boss and thinks retrospective banning might be the answer.

He said: “It’s difficult for a referee to look at a situation and say ‘yes he dived or no he didn’t or there was contact’. So retrospective viewing and punishments may be the way to go.”

Fans have also been having their say on the Ashley Young incident, and diving in general, on Twitter.

@davey_deee tweeted: “Even as a #ManUtd fan… Completely agree with #CrystalPalace co-chairman Steve Parish.”

@colinfriel said: “I’m a Utd fan & it’s disgusting to see, he should’ve been sent off, fined & dropped for a few games at least.”

Asked whether that was a bit extreme by other Twitter users, @WhoMrWho tweeted to say: “It will always happen unless extreme punishment is put in place. I hate to see it.”

@philmscribe added: “It’ll make no difference. It’s too ingrained in him (Ashley Young) now. Sadly, he’ll get more pens than yellows from doing it, guaranteed.”

Whether the FA will try to initiate a scheme aimed at preventing diving remains to be seen, but now that a Premier League manager has had to publicly dig out one of his own players, surely something will have to be done soon.

What do you think? Does the issue need scrutinising? Was Moyes right to reprimand Young? Was what Parish said fair? And how about what other fans have said on the issue? Leave your thoughts below.