I remember watching a diving competition when American Greg Louganis rotated in a dive, cracked his head on the platform and dropped like a stone. Bit like what has just happened at the Stoke City vs Leeds United game (tweet – below).
— Sam (@SamBirdyy) January 19, 2019
I know that Leeds United have had previous with dives, you only have to think of Brazilian Adryran rolling around like a salmon trying to leap a weir to head to spawning grounds.
Whilst this dive is hardly of the Adryan ‘Fallon D’Floor’ winning quality, it is blatant nonetheless. You can just about see Pablo Hernandez’s shadow fall across the Stoke player, who reacts like he’s been shot from close range.
You even get the legs scooting out from under him, it couldn’t have been drawn any more hackneyed by a Disney artist. It was that obvious, compounded by being right under the nose of the linesman, that it should have been a Leeds United goal kick all day long.
Free-kick to Stoke City. Of course it was, and Leeds United fans were very quick to comment on the post itself.
Leeds United fans comment after Stoke City dive earns 9.8 rating
#efl please look at this or there’s going to be anarchy
— The Mighty Whites MOT (@cheltenham_ian) January 19, 2019
Is that by stoke player not unsportsmanlike behavior or is that only when it’s leeds utd
— bielsa’s lucky blue bucket (@delwright21) January 19, 2019
That what’s going to be the norm for the rest of the season extra bias for being too clever
— Matthew Adams (@LUFCWAFFLE) January 19, 2019
@EFL Scott is is cheating my god how much you want to bet stokes owner is one that wrote a letter lol wonder if he will write one about this unsportsmanlike conduct
— Bielsabub (@scotttownend2) January 19, 2019
……and Stoke player doesn’t get booked for diving, no change there then!!!
— Andrew John Cawood (@andrew_cawood) January 19, 2019
10 10 10, hope the EFL investigate stoke for diving to gain advantage
— Kevin Richings (@kevgrab8) January 19, 2019
— Jonathan Whittaker (@JGWhittaker) January 19, 2019