Banned from diving

The A-League has come down hard on Central Coast Mariners midfielder Patricio Perez and Perth Glory striker Michael Baird with the pair both given two-match bans for diving. They’ve also banned theappeal process.

Baird was on the radio today saying that he had a right to appeal, and “even murderers get the chance to appeal”.

But I bet some murderer’s have more integrity than you Michael Baird. I can’t belive he wants to appeal when he knows and everyone watching knows that he dived.

Both players have been banned under the A-League’s simulation rules after winning dubious penalties which earned their sides draws over the weekend.

Argentinian Perez disgracefully won and converted a controversial spot-kick which handed the Mariners an equaliser against Sydney FC, as well as seeing Sky Blues goalkeeper Liam Reddy sent off.

It’s about time that referees remembered the “ungentlemanly conduct” rule. Is it still in the rule books?

The competition’s match review panel has expunged Reddy’s red-card, meaning he will be free to play in Sydney FC’s clash with Adelaide United this weekend.

Baird’s dive won the Glory a 2-2 draw with Melbourne Heart at AAMI Park on Sunday.

Buford Balony says: Good about time, I just hope they do it for every dive NOT just one’s that result in penalties. Agree or disagree?


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