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Ashley Young’s dive sparks David Moyes into action

DIVING SHAME: Ashley Young goes down at Crystal Palace (PA)

WINGER ASHLEY Young has kick started a chain of calls for measures to clamp down on diving following his simulation against Crystal Palace over the weekend.

He was shown a yellow card for falling over in a tackle during United’s 2-0 win over Palace at Old Trafford on Saturday, which resulted in his own manager David Moyes speaking out against diving and calling for more robust measures to root it out, including video replays.

The Scottish boss said: “I have said for many years diving is something we should have retrospective video for. That would help referees no end.

“You can never be sure it won't happen again but I have had a word with him [Young] privately.

“It is really difficult at times. Moving from Everton to Manchester United doesn't change my views on that.”

The referee put Young’s name in the book after a challenge from Palace player Kagisho Dikgacoi, who was sent off later in the game for a foul on Young that led to a penalty.

Writing in an email to BBC Radio 5, Palace chairman Steve Parish believed players should be shown red cards for diving.

He said: “If preventing a goal-scoring opportunity is a straight red then trying to create one by cheating should be a straight red also.

“Ashley Young's dive and the appeal before put pressure on the ref to give a subsequent penalty that was certainly outside the area and probably wasn't even a foul.

“Ashley Young has a yellow card and three points and we have no points and one less player to pick from for the next game.”

The FA said any changes to the rules would have to come from Fifa. The Scottish FA already uses video replays to retrospectively punish players for simulation.

Last season, diving in the Premier League dramatically increased compared to the 2011-12 campaign, with 34 yellow cards handed out for dives, 14 more than the previous year.

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