There’s been a whole glut of recent radio phone-ins with parents venting their anger that children, as young as 6, are now throwing themselves to the floor (diving) as they emulate their heroes.
Indeed, Manchster United’s Daniel James has already been yellow carded twice this season for simulation and now there are claims that coaches are actually teaching their proteges to ‘dive’ (sorry, feel a touch and go down).
What coaches should be doing is showing the kids constant videos of Liverpool’s Robert Firmino. Liverpool’s false No.9 never goes down, gets more assists than goals, works his socks off, presses defenders into mistakes, never moans or grumbles and has skills that would embarrass most defenders.
Not convinced? Watch these videos:-