Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino worries that a fixation on diving and cheating is “killing the game” of football.
Midfielder Dele Alli was booked for simulation during Spurs’ 2-2 draw with Liverpool at the weekend, as he attempted to win a penalty whilst through on goal.
Pochettino agrees that the decision was correct, but he feels that such incidents are over-analysed, and has praised Alli’s character.
“Look, it was a yellow card,” he told reporters, per The Independent. “It happens. The referee was right. During different games, a lot of situations like this happen.
“The problem now is that we are so sensitive about the situation, and then we are so focused on Dele Alli. It’s too much sometimes. There is such a focus on this type of situation. I think it’s a minimal issue.
“Football is about trying to trick your opponent – yes or no? Tactics – what does ‘tactic’ mean? When you do tactics, it is to try to trick the opponent. You play on the right, but you finish on the left. Twenty years ago, thirty years ago, we all congratulated a player when he tricks the referee like this.
“That is the football that I was in love with when I was a child. Yes, in Argentina, but in England too. You believe that in England you were honest and always perfect?