Ok. Look, I realize that I was getting a little too personal about this and attacking you a bit, and I apologize for that. I just really got heated when I read your post and that is just what I was thinking when I replied. So from here on, for you and me, let's just stick to the issue at hand, and not attack each other. Ok?
But for what you said, that I would rather see some one break their leg than take a dive. In the post where I quoted you, you said:
Germinho wrote:And if you think dileberatly hitting someone in the legs to injure them is worse than that person falling down diving then thats wrong.
I agree with that. If you foul someone with intention to injure them
, that is one of the worst things you can do in football, even worse than diving.
What I meant about rather seeing a player take an inadvertent challenge than dive, is that seeing a player blatantly dive to gain an advantage and successfully con the referee is the most frustrating thing that can possibly happen while watching a game.
I wish no injury on any player in the world, but it is less anoying to me to watch a player get fouled then to see him take a dive, because if he is fouled then he gains a free kick and he's earned it. It is fair. If he dives then he's gained a free kick by swindling the referee, and he's cheated.
The comment I made about "I don't care if he breaks his leg" was a little crude of me to say. In the grand scheme of things it is more ethical to want to see the player take a dive and stay safe than to see him take on a nasty challenge and be injured, but really only one of these things is inevitable.
Diving can be stopped if a player simply chooses not to do it. However, a defender who is running as fast as he can to try to make a sliding tackle could be trying with all his will to get to the ball, but then the attacker takes a quick touch and the defender catches his leg, and his leg is broken. That will happen occasionally until the end of time, and there is nothing that can be done to stop it.
That is why I see diving as a worse thing than a player taking a hard challenge: diving could be removed from the game entirely if the players would just have a little more pride and integrity, and (unfortunately but true) injuries are and always will be part of the game.