No Bombing Or Diving Allowed Next Season
Updated Monday, 31st March 2008
The SFA want to outlaw diving even if it is missed by the referee at the time
SFA chief executive Gordon Smith was a critic of cheating when he was a pundit on the TV and now that he is in a position to do something about it he is determined to do just that. He wants to see officials taking action against diving players and insists "blatant" acts of cheating will result in disciplinary action, even retrospectively, next season. However, with accusations flying around against Rangers' Kevin Thomson following his apparent dive during Saturday's Old Firm game, there is no possibility of action being taken against divers this term as the SFA must wait until this season is over before introducing retrospective punishments. Thomson has been at pains to distance himself from being labelled a cheat and insists he did not attempt to deceive referee Stuart Dougal when he threw himself past a challenge from Celtic's Georgios Samaras on the edge of the penalty area, and siad that he is "not a con artist".