Popular Premier League pundit Danny Murphy has said the likes of Mohamed Salah have been getting away with trouble.
Player diving to win penalty kicks dominated conversation and media reports this week after Salah won a controversial penalty to help Liverpool beat West Ham 2-1, before Harry Kane took a similar action as Spurs beat Brighton 2-1 on Sunday.
“Callum Wilson, Harry Kane, Mohamed Salah, they all did it, and it’s something so many forwards do now which is using the inefficient refereeing and the rules to get penalties” former Liverpool and Spurs player Murphy told talkSport.
“I don’t want to see it. They’re all doing it, they’re all cheating, they’re all manipulating the referee – you can use what word you want.
Murphy concluded to say that the culprit players want be changing their ways, instead, defenders should make wiser actions, while referees should also do better.
“And it’s not going to stop, because you don’t get penalties if you don’t go down! Actually, the only way you’re going to stop it is if defenders stop doing stupid tackles. You can’t go in for a tackle in the box, you’ve just got to stand your ground.
“But why can’t referees have the intelligence and common sense to see through it? They can see they’ve over-exaggerated, they’ve overdone it, they’ve dived and after the event, delayed, they’ve thrown themselves to the ground – don’t give the penalties!” he concluded.