Ashley Young’s diving incident during Manchester United’s match against Crystal Palace has certainly earned him severe censure. Former referee Graham Poll has expressed his disgust at the on-field antics of the 28 year old and has criticised him strongly.
Poll has written in The Daily Mail: “[He] is a cheat and he should be banned for five games, then he might stop diving to try and con referees. Managers’ ‘having a word’ with him has not discouraged Young from diving and so it should be time for the footballing authorities to step in.
“Any change to law needs submission and approval by the IFAB but a disciplinary sanction is not covered in law, it is determined by National Associations. Therefore in cases of undisputed diving, whether punished on the field or not, why not impose a five match ban? I believe that would have a much better effect than the managerial word,” he added.
Young has been criticised in the past also for diving, with former United boss Sir Alex Ferguson reportedly having spoken to him in the past about his misconduct. Nevertheless, the Englishman has earned 12 penalties till now in the Premier League, of which a few are alleged to be the result of diving.
On Saturday, Eagles defender Kagisho Dikgacoi was adjudged to have brought down Young inside the penalty area which provided United with its first goal of the match, with Robin Van Persie scoring from the spot. Before the incident, Young had already been booked for diving earlier in the match and replays showed that even the penalty awarded to the Red Devils was an incorrect decision as the foul took place outside the box.