There have been plenty of controversies in the Premier League this season, but this weekend was by far the most controversial yet.
The first incident of the weekend was, of course, Santi Cazorla's dive.
Arsenal's Spanish maestro tumbled down in the box after zero contact with West Brom's Steven Reid, but referee Mike Jones pointed to the spot and Mikel Arteta converted the resulting penalty, sending Arsenal on their way to a 2-0 win. As an Arsenal supporter, it's unsettling to see our own player so blatantly cheat, even when it means we get a much-needed win.
Thankfully, the second penalty was a clear and obvious one.
It's apparent that diving is becoming a bigger part of the game, and the ways to put an end to it are incredibly easy. Video replay and retrospective punishment are things that we can only hope FIFA and the FA are working on to make sure some level of honesty in football is restored.
The second, and least talked about incident of the weekend, was the racial abuse of Sebastien Bassong in Norwich's 4-3 win at Swansea.
Apparently it's not the first time Bassong has been the subject of racist taunts, but on the positive side, the Cameroon international has been in flying form recently, scoring three goals in four games and being a key member of Norwich's good run of form.
Unfortunately this isn't even close to being the first race storm of the season—but hopefully (and unrealistically) it will be the last one.
Finally, the third incident of the weekend came in the always-intense Manchester derby. In the aftermath of Robin Van Persie netting the winning goal for Manchester United, Rio Ferdinand's celebrations were cut short after being struck in the face by a coin thrown by a fan.
Although the atmosphere at the Etihad Stadium was incredibly heated, violence like this can't be tolerated—the risk of both players and fans getting hurt is simply too high.
While this was undoubtedly one of the most exciting Premier League weekends in recent memory, it wasn't exactly one that the FA can be proud of, and it serves as a reminder that work is needed to make England's top tier a more honest and respectable league.