Vargas calls diving a ‘blight’ on the game

Melbourne Victory defender Rodrigo Vargas wants video referees to be introduced to stamp out diving in A-League matches.

Melbourne Victory defender Rodrigo Vargas wants video referees to be introduced to stamp out diving in A-League matches.

After conceding a controversial penalty to Adelaide United’s Cristiano on Friday night, Vargas wants tougher action on players who go down in the area with none or limited contact.

Speaking to the Herald Sun, Vargas said of the incident, “I didn’t even get close enough to him.

“I knew I hadn’t tripped or fouled him, so I was pretty disappointed. Everyone straight away gets on the ref’s case, but the players are the ones simulating and conning the refs.

“We’re trying to do an honest job and people are trying to con us. So maybe video should come into it. They can sanction people (with video) so for diving…it has to be looked at because it’s a problem.

“The other codes, they look at soccer and the diving and the antics and they don’t do that in other sports.

“It’s a blight on the game. Everyone can see the replays.”

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