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I'm all for retrospective bans for diving. What about you?

Adriano banned for two matches

MILAN: Inter Milan forward Adriano was banned for two games by the Italian League on Thursday for diving to earn a penalty kick.

Adriano fooled the referee in the 52nd minute of Inter?s 3-1 loss to AS Roma on Wednesday, and Roma goalkeeper Alexander Doni was called for tripping.

Replays showed that Doni did not touch Adriano, however.

Marco Materazzi converted the penalty.

Inter could have clinched the title if they beat Roma and will now be without Adriano for their next two chances ? at Siena tomorrow and against Empoli the following week. ? AP

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It's a step forward, but they really need to take it further. If a player is caught diving, ban him for two games, as Adriano was. The next player from that same team to be caught diving, ban him for five games. Any subsequent diving from that club's players should then incur a ten-match ban for each guilty player.........and the club be docked 3 points. That'd soon stop all the diving and cheating.

Should also make the transfer market interesting - Deco, Ronaldo, Robben, Gerrard, etc..., would all suddenly find themselves on the transfer list, and no club would want to take them! icon_lol.gif

Change it now, UEFA - show us you've got some b*llocks! icon_cool.gif

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I'm all for retrospective bans for diving. What about you?

In theory it sounds ok, but what worries me is that you'll end up with panels sitting two or three days after every game analysing every possibly contentious issue. Taken to extremes this will lead to points adjustments and all kinds of fannying around. And if this sounds a bit far fetched, well I agree, but there have already been calls for post-match adjudication panels.

I'm also against allowing video replays to affect decisions during the game. I'd much rather stay with the old fashioned viewpoint that the referee's decision is final. Ok so referees make mistakes. So do players, so do managers, so does everyone. The problem nowadays is that TV cameras can and will view a particular episode from every conceivable angle - and even then what actually happened isn't always clear. So it still comes down to Somebody's Opinion. You don't like the referee's decision? Tough. Get on with it.

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