Vancouver Whitecaps coach Rennie calls for diving to be stamped out

Martin Rennie is an advocate for a much cleaner game in MLS as the diving debate rages on.

The Vancouver Whitecaps head coach is not a fan of players going down with ease in dangerous areas and has implored his team to play honourably as the epidemic continues to rear its ugly head in North American soccer.

“I think there are players that do it and most people know who they are in the league,” Rennie told the Vancouver Sun.

“Sometimes, you go into a tackle with them and they’ll fall as if they’ve been hit really hard and so it’s a foul in a dangerous area.

“Then other times you go into that tackle and they’re really strong and they play off you and you’re in trouble. It’s something that has to be stamped out. It’s not something any of us like.”

He added: “If somebody is fouled, then they have to go down for that, but we don’t want people pretending there was contact and diving. We don’t want people over-reacting.”

 
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