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Trial by video debate heats up

Captains of A-League clubs have spoken out about stamping out diving in football. In a poll run by The Daily Telegraph, most captains believe video replays should be used to stop the act known as diving or simulation.

Newcastle Jets skipper Jade North (who was involved in an incident just yesterday) said, "I think technology would be a blessing to stamp it out.

"As a defender, I hate it when players dive. It can change a game. A few referees are not picking it up and if they need help, then why not have the video?

"I don't like changes but if it's a blatant dive and a penalty is awarded and that team scores, then that player should be punished."

Wellington Phoenix captain Andrew Durante supported the use of video.

"Yeah, it's an effective way to stop it if a player is caught on camera. There is a need for diving to be stamped out, as it is a kind of cheating," Durante said.

Alex Wilkinson, Central Coast Mariners skipper was unsure but happy the Football Federation were looking at it.

"A lot of the time it comes down to an opinion (the referees)," he said.

"Sometimes they are blatant and others it might be because of a little nudge. But it's good that FFA are looking at it closely."

On the other hand, Melbourne Victory's Kevin Muscat and Perth Glory's Jamie Coyne believes honesty and integrity should be a major factor and that videos are not necessarily required.

Muscat said, "Players should be honest. The onus has got to start with us. If players don't accept that it is cheating, well, we're struggling."

Whilst Coyne went on to say, "I think the best way to police it is through the referees. The players should play in the best spirit of the match."

Andrew Slevison
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