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Jewell says Legalise Diving

In an interview with Sky Sports, Jewell said: 'I may be the only person in the world who believes this, but why don't we allow it?

'People say it is cheating, but you ask any supporter and if one of our players goes down in the box and we need a penalty to stay in the league or win a cup. Do you know what they are going to say? It will be the same as Man United fans, Liverpool fans, Chelsea fans and chairman: Go down.

'At the end of the day I might get lambasted for that, but that's the way it is. I hate diving, but if it is in the game and if you allow it it will go away on its own and people will stop talking about it.

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Date:Tuesday December 5 2006

Time: 4:41PM

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Jewell is an honest, straightforward and open-minded man. He deserves credit for it.
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05/12/2006 17:41:00

i think it will open a huge amount of worms if you legalise it.. i can't see the point personally or the benefit and it is a silly thing to say, then again alot of managers say silly things, look at martin jol.
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05/12/2006 18:16:00

has he been smoking something?
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05/12/2006 19:07:00

Silly Mickey Mouser!! Can see where he's coming from but the practicalities are a mess!!
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06/12/2006 15:23:00

People who dive shouls be booked and then they may stop.
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07/12/2006 00:26:00

i can see where he's coming from but u will never stop it, it happened with a man city player yesterday
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10/12/2006 20:38:00

When referees have the b*lls to give a penalty when a player gets fouled in the box and stays on his feet, then I'll say that players should get booked for diving. I'm personally sick of the hypocrisy you get from the likes of Wenger, Mourinho, Redknapp etc. when they get a penalty awarded against them - If a defender trails a leg or mis-times a lunge in the box, then he cannot expect the attacking player not to go to ground. It's the referee's responsibility to make the decision, but don't crucify players for 'going to ground too easily' - they won't get what they deserve by staying on their feet! Full marks to Paul Jewell for an honest opinion which has some merit!
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11/12/2006 13:24:00

Has Jewell finally lost the plot? What happened to honesty?
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14/12/2006 16:27:00

'Credit for it'! He's saying people should be rewarded for trying to con a referee!!! It's cheating and deserves a straight red in my opinion!
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15/12/2006 13:57:00

Why not add punching on the list too......
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19/12/2006 15:12:00

wrong end of the scale jewell if the ref is sure it is a dive straight red card if not a yellow and it does seem like he has lost the plot. newcastle will b above u by the end of the festive period
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21/12/2006 12:49:00

Your manager is usually a clever and tactful man, but this comment is barmy and absoloutely stupid!
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28/12/2006 17:24:00


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