We’ve scoured the globe for this instalment of Dive or No Dive, and we want to know what you think about each of the following incidents.
First, we have a penalty awarded in one of the Championship play-offs in England. Then, over in Spain, Real Valladolid quite nearly went ahead at Real Betis, thanks to a spot-kick just prior to the hour mark. Finally, Thierry Henry went to ground in MLS, as New York Red Bulls tried to come back from three goals down at home to Chicago Fire.
Each of the video clips are provided below, as are polls in which you can cast your ballot.
Exhibit A: Junior Hoilett vs. Wigan
Queens Park Rangers will contest the Wembley play-off final after seeing off Wigan over two legs.
In the second match, at Loftus Road, Latics midfielder James Perch opened the scoring after just nine minutes, and it looked as though the guests would hang on to their lead until QPR won a penalty with 17 minutes remaining.
Winger Junior Hoilett, having swerved into the box, went to ground under pressure from Gary Caldwell, and Charlie Austin equalised from the spot.
Austin then notched the eventual winner in the sixth minute of extra time.
But did Hoilett dive? Replays would seem to indicate Caldwell’s challenge was rather robust, but what do you think?
Exhibit B: Daniel Larsson vs. Real Betis
A topsy-turvy encounter in Seville teetered temporarily in Real Valladolid’s favour when Javi Guerra put the guests 3-2 up on Real Betis with a 59th minute penalty.
Daniel Larsson had been judged to have been fouled by Betis goalkeeper Antonio Adan, and his teammate made no mistake from 12 yards.
Now, it looked as though Larsson could have stayed on his feet, but did Adan get enough of his ankles that he simply couldn’t stay up?
For what it’s worth, Betis fought back and ended up winning 4-3.
Exhibit C: Thierry Henry vs. Chicago Fire
Patrick Nyarko’s 64th-minute goal gave visiting Chicago Fire a commanding 5-2 lead away to New York Red Bulls, but, just three minutes later, the hosts were back in the match, thanks to Bradley Wright-Phillips’ second of the night.
Then, with 12 minutes remaining, Wright-Phillips pulled New York to within a single goal—and completed his hat-trick—when he beat goalkeeper Sean Johnson from the spot.
Teammate Thierry Henry had gone to ground with Jhon Kennedy Hurtado draped all over him, and replays seemed to confirm the Frenchman was honest in his fall.
Nevertheless, New York’s comeback came up just short, as they ended up falling 5-4.