Ajax vs. FC Twente: Peter Wisgerhof, a Contender for Dive of the Year
In any sport, let alone football, simulation is widely criticised. Many times in World Football have we seen crucial ties decided by the selfish act of a player who is desperate to earn his team glory.
Following the Super Cup tie between Ajax and FC Twente in the Netherlands, Twente defender Peter Wisgerhof was at the centre of much criticism after committing what can only be described as an embarrassing act of simulation on the field.
Rather than earning his team a harmless free kick on the halfway line, Wisgerhof was ruled to have had dived. As a result, he became the subject of jeers from the crowd.
A subsequent scuffle with the opposing team was followed up with a discussion with the match official—that was all. No booking whatsoever.
There is no doubt that the act intended to deliberately influence proceedings in an unfair manner. It begs the question, why was he not booked?
If we are to stamp out such behaviour in the game, a booking or even a sending off should been issued by the referee.
Although Wisgerhof played an instrumental role at the back for Twente in their Cup win over Ajax, the terrible attempt at a dive certainly spoiled the occasion for the player.
In the end, Twente won 2-1 over Ajax with goals from Janko and Ruiz.
Ajax fans will hope that the defeat isn't anything to go by for the upcoming season as the team looks to defend their Eredivisie title for a record 31st time.
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