Watford striker Fernando Forestieri today proved why diving still exists in soccer. Because not only does it work, it works like a charm.
In a Championship match earlier today, Forestieri got Wolverhampton Wanderers winger Bakary Sako sent off with a straight red card despite tackling him from behind, getting in his face, and pushing him in the chest. Why? Because Forestieri completed one of the most asinine dives of the season. He is standing a good three feet from Sako before he grabs his face out of nowhere and collapses to the ground.
Fortunately, with the red card occurring in injury time of a 2-2 game, the outcome of the match was not affected, but Sako at the moment is facing a three-match ban. Wolves manager Kenny Jacket said after the match they will appeal the red card, an appeal which will clearly be successful. Take a look at the dive:
Jackett’s comments were those of disdain for Forestieri’s actions, but they were somewhat subdued from what could have been expected. “We will be appealing,” Jackett told the club’s official website. “I have seen it again and from Forestieri’s point of view it is embarrassing to throw yourself to the floor like that and get another professional sent off. I didn’t think he [Sako] raised his hand or reacted to the player at all. It was a harsh red card and a poor decision.”
Yeah, no kidding.
Diving will exist in soccer until referees take action. How none of the officials in a second-tier match saw what occurred is mind-boggling, and it’s possible that not only will Sako see his red overturned, but the FA could take action on Forestieri, depending on the referee’s report. Let’s hope they do.
COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (AP) The Colorado Rapids have named former Major League Soccer player and longtime assistant Robin Fraser as their head coach.
Fraser steps in for Conor Casey, who’s been the interim coach since the team fired Anthony Hudson in May. Colorado is 7-14-6 and at the bottom of the Western Conference standings.
Fraser’s first match in charge will be Saturday at the New York Red Bulls.
The 52-year-old Fraser has served as an assistant coach at Toronto FC since 2015.
Fraser was the fourth overall pick in the 1996 MLS player draft by the Los Angeles Galaxy. Over his career, Fraser suited up for the Galaxy, the Rapids and the Columbus Crew. He said in a statement Sunday he considers Colorado home because he’s so familiar with the soccer community.
Rapids general manager Padraig Smith said Fraser has a “deep knowledge of what it takes to be successful in MLS.”
Mauricio Pochettino might’ve understood Tottenham Hotspur dropping points last week at Man City, but he didn’t plan on not taking anything from Newcastle United on Sunday at home.
“You need the capacity to step up in this type of situation but we didn’t show that quality today,” Pochettino said. “When the ball arrives in the last third you need something from the talent and quality we have there and today we didn’t have that.”
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So that’s pretty straight forward, but Pochettino was less happy to answer the question of why he didn’t start Christian Eriksen. Some (read: this writer) have questioned the philosophy of putting a man you may sell for $50 million on the bench. Either put him in the Starting XI and risk him, or leave him off the 18.
“When you lose, the players who don’t play are the best. With Christian we win and we lose a lot of games. I accept that situation is like this. If we won 3-0 today no one talks about different names.
“I cannot find excuses about the transfer window being open to justify that performance or the result. We cannot find the way to be solid and to have consistency for different reasons. I am going to be happy in 10 days after we play Arsenal when the transfer window closes in Europe and to have the player involved until the transfer window again in January.”
We’re not gonna read too much into it, but it does sound a bit like Pochettino is daring teams to bid for Eriksen. Would it make sense for him to hold onto Eriksen until January before cashing in?
Steve Bruce heard a lot of the criticism from fans upon his hiring at Newcastle United, and it rang out louder after the Magpies started 0-2 including a loss at newly-promoted Norwich City.
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He may well hear plenty more down the road, but the childhood Newcastle supporter was feeling relieved and maybe redeemed after a fortunate and wonderful 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Sunday. From the BBC:
“We came to this fantastic stadium, this fantastic club and we performed. I mean, to say I ‘cannot even do a warm up’ is mad. I have managed 900-odd games and over the years you would think there would be some sort of respect but I go back to the fact that whoever took over from Rafa Benitez was going to get the abuse.”
Newcastle faces struggling Watford at St. James’ Park next week, and another result will ease a lot of nerves (though certainly not all of them.
Raul Jimenez’s penalty seven minutes into stoppage time gave Wolves a point with a 1-1 draw against Burnley on Sunday at the Molineux Stadium.
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Wolves now have three draws in three matches, while Burnley has four points.
- We’re paying rent in Ashley Barnes‘ world — Known most for his combustible, some-would-say dirty nature, the Burnley striker now has four goals this early season and more than one, including Sunday’s opener, have been bangers.
- Nuno’s men could use a break — Wolves fought well, but you can tell the Europa League schedule has heavily taxed their spirit. How tired are they? Here are the thoughts of an exhausted Raul Jimenez, and you can read the “Thank you, God” inside them –> “I think [the penalty] is the right decision. When I get in possession he tried to kick the ball, then he kicked me. It came at a good moment for us.”
- Don’t ever bet against Sean Dyche — We’ve written it 100 times. The big man can get a result from anywhere, at any time.
Burnley was easily the better unit over the first 45 minutes, and was rewarded with a goal even after VAR ruled one out.
Barnes chested a neatly-headed flick into shooting position and unleashed a missile that zipped past Rui Patricio for a 1-0 lead.
Both sides began the second half brightly, with Morgan Gibbs-White lashed a shot offf the outside of the netting and Barnes unable to get purchase on a ball over the top of the Wolves back line.
But Erik Pieters cut down Jimenez in the box late to set the Mexican international up for a win.
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