Sent an e-mail as you know to the FA regarding the cheating and diving by Englands Golden Boy Steven Gerrard.
I told them that I thought he was bringing the game into disrepute.
Got the standard reply but wasn't interested in that so e-mailed again, pretty much got fobbed off again but, I will persue it again till they do something about the cheats in the game.
Heres the reply
Dear CB (Name changed to protect the innocent
Further to your email, Many thanks for contacting The Football
We appreciate you comments on the matter of diving and in particular
reference to Liverpool Vs Sheffield Utd.
The FA are unable to take any further action under the guidelines by
FIFA. Once a match official has given a decision on a specific incident,
the decision cannot be overturned. On this occasion the referee has
issued an apology, however the FIFA guidelines prevent The FA from
taking further action. The below outlines The FA's position on this
What are The FA's regulations on simulating/diving?
What the Laws say:
Diving/simulating is interpreted in the Laws of the Game under Law 12
Fouls and Misconduct
Decision 5 of the international board
Any simulating action anywhere on the field, which is intended to
deceive the referee, must be sanctioned as unsporting behaviour
Which in turn is a cautionable offence.
... A player is cautioned and shown the yellow card if he commits any of
the following seven offences...
1) is guilty of unsporting behaviour
How the referee deals with it:
Referees have a tough enough job as it is without players attempting to
deceive them to earn an advantage.
If the referee spots a simulation/dive
If the referee interprets a dive he can award a yellow card to the
offending player and a free kick to the opposition.
If the referee later views the game and decides that the player did not
actually simulate/dive and contact was made he may ask The FA to rescind
the yellow card.
If the referee misses a simulation/dive
During a game if a player from team "A" simulates/dives and manages to
dupe the referee into awarding a free kick/penalty and cause a player
from team "B" to be cautioned/sent off, the incident has been
interpreted and dealt with on the field of play.
If after viewing the match the referee decides that there was no contact
made and he had been deceived he can ask The FA to rescind the
Yellow/Red card. However no action will be taken against the player that
simulated/dived as the referee had dealt with the incident on the field
of play at the time.
The FA has led discussions with the PFA, LMA, referees and leagues on
this issue and are delighted with how seriously they are taking it.
We are also taking the debate to FIFA.
There is a definite need for close co-operation and self-policing.
Everyone in the game has to take personal responsibility if we want to
get rid of diving. It is essential that managers, players and clubs are
closely involved as they are the ones who suffer the most directly from
it. It is about players cutting it out of their game, managers refusing
to tolerate it among their own players, referees spotting it and
punishing it when it happens, and governing bodies supporting them.
Referees have a difficult job, we all know that. Some players are highly
skilled at going to ground under no or little contact. Sometimes players
simply jump out the way of a challenge, sometimes contact is difficult
to assess. The referee's task is not helped by players waving imaginary
cards, trying to get other players booked or sent off.
We appreciate your concerns on the matter and rest assured, The FA are
doing everything possible to prevent this issue from escalating.
Should you have any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact
Koye Sowemimo | Customer Relations Assistant
The Football Association
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So according to the first bit i just read and which i told them in my e-mail, Gerrard should have got as yellow card for diving and the Blades got a free kick