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PFA chief Taylor calls for zero tolerance on diving

Professional Footballers' Association chief executive Gordon Taylor wants a massive crackdown on simulation after the issue was again brought up on the weekend.

Manchester United's Ashley Young has been widely accused of diving to win a penalty in yesterday's 4-0 win over Aston Villa and in the wake of that incident, Taylor wants zero tolerance on 'exaggerating' in a bid to gain advantage in a football match.

"When it is blatant, when players are feigning injury or holding parts of the body that weren't even touched just to try to exaggerate a contact or get an opponent booked or sent off, that is something that needs to be condemned and that can't be tolerated," Taylor said.

"From that point of view, it is up to all authorities, including the referees and with the aid of technology, to make sure there is education and appropriate sanctions when it is blatant - when someone has tried to gain an advantage they shouldn't have done - so that the message gets through.

"It is very difficult when players are playing with so much at stake and managers jobs are on the line - sometimes their futures depend on the next game - for them not to think to seize an advantage if they can get one.

"But I think we have got to do all we can to try to make sure the game is played in the best possible way.

"That sounds a little innocent and naïve but unless you do that you are not doing your job."

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