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Ashley Young Fuels Diving Controversy
Sky Sports, September 16th, 2013 2:30PM

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Manchester United coach David Moyes said he has spoken with Ashley Young about diving after the player was shown a yellow card for trying win a penalty during United’s 2-0 home win against Crystal Palace on Saturday. Despite having been cautioned, the England international later won a controversial penalty that resulted in Palace defender Kagisho Dikgacoi, who was also involved in the first incident, being sent off. Moyes, who has always been a stern critic of diving, said referee John Moss handled both incidents correctly.

"I've had a word with him (Young) privately and, as I said after the game, I've said for many years we should have retrospective video for diving," Moyes said. "I think that would help referees no end, as it's really difficult at times. It doesn't change my views, whether I'm at Everton or whether I'm at Manchester United. We can make up all the things we like about punishment but the rules are there and the referees have got the rules they have to abide by. The referee got it correct and he gave the punishment for it, so I don't see why the debate should go on any longer."

However, Palace chairman Steve Parrish thinks that diving should be a red-card offense. "If preventing a goalscoring opportunity is a straight red then trying to create one by cheating should be a straight red also," he said, adding that he thought Young dived on both occasions. "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."

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