There are often times where the football media lives up to the stereotype and conducts a witchunt until their target is curled up in a ball somewhere crying – deserved or not. England managers are common targets, with Sven the latest victim in the ‘Faked Sheikh’ affair.
But then there are times when Premiership footballers do it all on their own, these days the footballer book has become the preferred medium of humiliation and scourn for the likes of Chelsea’s Frank Lampard and Arsenal’s favourite ex-son Ashley Cole.
But this time Wayne Rooney has taken the old fashioned route and put his thoughts out in public in response to the latest bout of diving controversy over at Tottenham. The Manchester United striker told the Sun,
“I’d never dive. I’d like to think of myself as an honest player,”
“That’s the way I play. I don’t like diving, football doesn’t need it.”
We wouldn’t have posted this had young Wayne refrained from publicly proclaiming himself a bastion of fair play. We also probably don’t need to elaborate on why this statement raises a flag for us, nor will you be surprised at which which clip is about to follow: