Ah, diving. This is the most contentious issue in football, and also something that mysteriously gets blamed on overseas players. This bizarre mindset was demonstrated in a recent incident involving St. Johnstone defender Brad McKay, who has been charged by the Scottish FA after labelling Hearts’ striker Juanma as ‘a typical foreigner’ who ‘gets touched and goes down’.
If foreign players are responsible for diving, homegrown players have certainly picked up the concept. To celebrate the dark art of diving we have dug out three of the worst offences:
Kyle Lafferty, Rangers v Aberdeen
My personal favourite, Kyle Lafferty set a new low with his disgraceful ‘simulation’ against the Dons’ Charlie Mulgrew. After a collision on the touchline, the two players came together before Lafferty hurled himself to the ground as though he had been head-butted by an extra from Easter Island. A dumbfounded Mulgrew was sent-off, and despite sharing a smug wink with his teammates,Lafferty was forced to apologise after a backlash on social media.
Cue huge media speculation, with expert pundits (and Robbie Savage too) underlining the need for extra reinforcements before the end of the summer transfer window and highlighting Rooney’s recent decline.
Fuck you mate
Yep, he’s melting down again. After a triumphant return to form in the Premier League last season, the Arrogant One has lost his marbles.
We’re now on Mourinho watch, waiting for him to finally implode. You can’t imagine him going down in anything other than a ball of flame, and we wouldn’t want it any other way.
Not everyone hates him of course, some Chelsea fans might get a tad upset. But in the long run you have to feel their club would be better served by someone without such a stupendously large ego, an ego so big it crushes other physical matter in its gravitational wake.
It’s that time of year again, when managers around the world realise that their threadbare squads are ill-equipped to cope with the demands of the new season. Cue three weeks of mindless mayhem in the transfer market, as records are broken and the boundaries of credibility are stretched to breaking point. The summer transfer window has seen some of the most spectacular recruitment failures in history.
Here are some of our favourites…
Yep, you’re eyes did not deceive you. Vladimir Putin and Sepp Blatter shared a stage to announce the draw for Russia 2018. The internet reacted in the only way it knows to: with memes.
They generally focused on how banally evil the duo are, plus the burgeoning bromance between the two. Here is our pick of the best:
— Top Corner (@HITCtopcorner) July 25, 2015
— Arsène’s Son (@hughwizzy) July 13, 2014
— Sportsbet.com.au (@sportsbetcomau) July 13, 2014
Another over-hyped, over-paid young England international has made his ‘dream’ move. But at what cost?
Raheem Stirling’s antics over the past six months have left a bad taste in the mouths of many football fans. From ridiculously pious and misguided interviews through to his bully-boy caricature of an agent, Stirling is just about everything that is contemptible about professional football in 2015.
I certainly hope Man City know what they are letting themselves in for, and in many ways do wish for Stirling to fulfill his over-inflated potential. But for now, there is only one thing related to Stirling that brings me any sort of levity, a GIF of him looking like a twat…