Premier League talking points: Arteta time ticking, Pogba stars for Man Utd, Kane and Son

Premier League talking points: Arteta time ticking, Pogba stars for Man Utd, Kane and Son

TAKING THE CON OUT OF CONOR

Cheat has always been a word banded about in the top flight – initially in the direction of “diving foreign players”.

That myth soon unravelled and now we have gallumphing England centre-backs doing it in the hope of winning a penalty.

Cheating to deny a goal with a deliberate handball or deliberate foul as the last man leads to a red card. So should cheating to try to engineer a goal by falling over in the penalty area or deliberately handling the ball to help it on its way into the net.

Conor Coady of Wolves was shown by VAR to have unnecessarily thrown himself to the ground at Anfield just before half-time, a rare success story for the technology.

But let’s see real justice done – and the referee’s job made easier, perhaps – by taking action to stamp out this sort of skulduggery for good.

Red cards for clear cheats in VAR incidents, please.

Published at Mon, 07 Dec 2020 10:47:20 +0000