Football Vine: Wayne Rooney Dives To Earn Man Utd Penalty Vs Preston

Alan Duffy

16th, February 2015

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By Alan Duffy

One must call a spade a spade and therefore one must call Wayne Rooney’s dive against Preston well, a dive. With the score at 2-1 to the Red Devils and time almost up, Preston ‘keeper Thorsten Stuckman raced out of his goal as Rooney chased a ball into the box. However, the Lilywhites’ ‘keeper made no contact with the England attacker, who still managed to fool the referee with a dreadful and blatant dive. Rooney then fired home the spot-kick to secure the win and send the Red Devils into the last eight.

The incident also brought back memories of a certain Tweet back in 2012 after a Didier Drogba dive…

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16 Comments

  1. lillywhite says:

    No contact at all on rooney.a dive therefore he cheated. Cannot criticise the ref as it did look like a pen. When will the FA get a grip on these cheats. Best team did win though. Sir tom would have looked down in disgrace at Rooney antics. How phil neville and roy hodgson can defend that is beyond me.come on you gooners.

  2. Martin says:

    Eh, not that I like the dive (seriously doubt that’s a honest slip – though no one suggested it was), but I like to think it’s still a pen since the GK forces him to jump (and had he not, it would be a pen).

    Not that I don’t hate United, but I also hate when those fouls aren’t given, so…

  3. Zach says:

    When a player flops or dives in the NBA they are given a fine. Usually something like $10,000. This should be implemented into football all over the globe. Sometimes you need a replay to spot things like this so it’s hard to blame the ref. But after the game is over there needs to be some action taken. It’s ruining the sport

  4. Marc says:

    Totally agree with Martin, I think the issue is with (in most cases) the fact that you can only get a free kick\pen if you fall over. The goalkeeper causes Rooney to jump over his legs – the keeper didn’t get the ball and did he not therefore impede Rooney?

    • Panther says:

      You and Martin are idiots; Rooney dived it was clear to see and your justification and excuses for Rooney, sums up what you two fools stand for. If it was a foriegner who did what Rooney did against Preston, you and Martin would be singing a different tune. Rooneyis

  5. K1ngK0ng says:

    Unfortunately in football to have to avoid challenges, it’s a contact sport. Rooney is well capable of staying on his feet to chase that lost cause of a touch he took. Instead he simulates contact in an area as he can gain the advantage of being awarded a penalty. His dive carries all the hallmarks of premeditated simulation, he jumps higher than he needs to in order to angle his body forward and leave a trailing leg. Although the keepers challenge is a stupid one as Rooney is going nowhere. The keeper does keep his legs to the ground. My opinion is that Rooney brings the game into disrepute and so does anyone who condones this. I would think that someone in Roy Hodgesons position and age should have the cop on in life not to insult the masses by trying to dress this up.

  6. Martin says:

    Panther: Eh, I’m not English and I support Arsenal who – up ’til very recently – used to field very few Englishmen. IE, I couldn’t care less about this being about the ogre.

    Doubt many non-arsenal supporters have this in fresh memory but against Villa Akpom stuck his foot out to get one last touch at the ball (which was then going out of play) just to get a pen for being brought down by the keeper. If he had somehow managed to jump out of the way, not that he wanted to, it should’ve still been one. Meh.

    So, yeah, I totally don’t mind Rooney being mocked, because he did dive. I just felt like pointing out that I still thought it was a foul. :>

  7. TheRealist says:

    It was a dive. Nothing made Rooney fall over except the idea that he could win a penalty. He could easily have kept going, he jumped past the keeper and was in position to carry on running. You wouldn’t expect a professional athlete like Rooney to fall off balance so easily, it was a blatant dive to win a penalty and it hurt to hear Roy Hodgson and P. Neville defend Rooney after the game. I agree above with Panther… if it had been a foreigner I think it’d probably be a different story, but because it’s England’s current poster boy the english media feel they have to continue to polish his image for pride and to generate money off his brand.

  8. Anonymous says:

    It was a dive. Nothing made Rooney fall over except the idea that he could win a penalty. He could easily have kept going, he jumped past the keeper and was in position to carry on running. You wouldn’t expect a professional athlete like Rooney to fall off balance so easily, it was a blatant dive to win a penalty and it hurt to hear Roy Hodgson and P. Neville defend Rooney after the game. I agree above with Panther… if it had been a foreigner I think it’d probably be a different story, but because it’s England’s current poster boy the english media feel they have to continue to polish his image for pride and to generate money off his brand.

  9. Bob says:

    Seriously, what do people expect? English players at Man U have been diving for years. Young magically started diving as soon as he made the switch there. Neville was prolific. Ronney does it constantly. Ashley Young admitted that they had training at Utd to anticipate a tackle and fall without hurting themselves (diving training). It’s clearly a club culture thing.

  10. Rob says:

    I’d expect all those sticking up for Rooney would do exactly the same for Suarez if he did that too.

  11. Griff says:

    of course it wasn’t a dive! england players don’t dive – certainly not the captain! even woy and “fizzer” said it wasn’t a dive – what more proof do you lot need?!! (next you’ll be saying without his penalties his scoring stats might be quite average)

  12. Chewy-Lewy says:

    YES it was a dive, but the difference between this dive and one of Suarez’s 87236578 is that contact was all but about to happen which would have taken Rooney down & been a blatant penalty with probable goalkeeper sending off; whereas Suarez theatrically throws himself to the ground like he’s had his torso instantly hacked in half by an invisible sword-swinging ninja whilst being simultaneously hit by a sniper, all without anyone even being within 3 feet of him, then appealing to the ref before he’s even hit the grass, all before rolling around for 5 minutes clutching his ankle and leg and arm and chest and knee and teeth, with a pathetic wincing look on his face as if he’s just been the victim of some sort of near-fatal high speed collision and heavyweight boxer assault – and that’s all before spring back to his feet and running around at full pelt mere seconds later with a repeat performance being only ever a few minutes away. Simples, init.

  13. Liam says:

    ^get a bit carried away there son?

  14. Captain Obvious says:

    It was a dive. “It was about to be a foul” still means it was NOT A FOUL. Fouls aren’t given for what might’ve happened, they’re given for what actually happened.

    If the keeper actually impeded Rooney, even without contact, it’s a foul. That’s not what happened here. Rooney easily enough avoided the keeper, whose challenge was one-footed with studs down.

    Rooney dived. Simple as. Accept it and move on.

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