Since Wednesday the 26th of August, when Arsenal's Eduardo Da Silva used the act of simulation to win a penalty in a vital champions league match, the football world has been in complete shock. The though that someone would deceive the referee was so shocking that many professional footballers have been having their say on the situation. The first player to have his say on the topic was Manchester United "wonder boy" and England "hero", Wayne Rooney.
'Everyone who watches me play knows I am an honest player,' Rooney said.
'I have never intentionally tried to dive. In fact, there have been times when I have tried to stay on my feet and get the shot off rather than go down.
'It isn't fair for players to dive and try to cheat the other team. And it is not just cheating your opponents, you are cheating the fans as well.'
Yes, as if all honest Wayne would ever do anything unsporting. England's golden boy would never ever indulge in the evil art of diving.
As Arsenal lined up against the Premier League Champions on August 26th, many people thought they would crumble at the feet of the ever trust worthy Manchester boys, but little did they know that the Gunners would take the game to the Red Devils. Just before half time Arsenal had a clear penalty when Darren Fletcher took out Andrey Arshavin in the box. If it hadn't been for the Eduardo controversy days before hand maybe this would of been given. Also if it wasn't in Old Trafford it more than likely definitely been giving. But low and behold it wasn't. But it didn't matter as moments latter, in probably nothing but pure frustration, Arsenal's little Russian Magician got the ball out side of the box and drove a thunderous bullet past step-in keeper Ben Foster. 1-0 to the Arsenal, a familiar sound was buzzing around Old Trafford at half time and the Gunners fateful believed their brilliant start to the 09/10 campaign was continuing. But the songs were cut short, because of Manchester United's, self proclaimed, anti-diver, with a dive.
Yes yes, Wayne shows his true colors when he charges into the box, see's an oncoming Almunia and starts to fall and eventually throws himself over Almunia. Now little Rooney got himself a penalty just like Eduardo, but no one really questioned the manner he got it in? Maybe it wasn't as clear of a dive as Eduardo but it was still debatable.
Not too long later, on the 5th of September, Wayne was once again showing his honesty and sportsmanship on international duty for England against Slovenia when he charged into the box again, held onto his opponents shirt, then fell over and through his arms up in the air and got himself another penalty.
Now, if Eduardo gets a two match ban for diving, shouldn't Rooneys be reviewed and shouldn't he be banned for two games for United and two for England?
Well yes he should. But there hasn't been enough of questioned asked by people about his diving. Why? Because he's English.
Just like when Steven Gerard won a penalty against Ac Milan in the champions league final which then went on to win on penalties.
No bother was really bothered that Gerrard dived. Why? Because he helped Liverpool bring the Champions League back to England.