The Devil’s Advocate: Diving [in Soccer]

Those of you watching the World Cup this year, and possibly watching high level, competitive soccer for the first time, may have noticed the theatrics employed by certain soccer players. They get tackled, bumped, nudged, looked at, and all of a sudden they are flying through the air or rolling on the ground. When these falls are fake or embellished they are called “simulation” but are better known as “dives”.

There are many players in soccer who dive [see: Ronaldo, Drogba, Italy], and there are of course many legitimate reasons for doing so…

For the justification behind diving, look to this place.

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