Every player booked for diving this season and clubs who have been punished the most

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Tottenham midfielder Heung-Min Son is the latest to take a tumble and then get booked

Diving in football has been a hot topic for a number of years with players willing to bend the rules in order to gain their team any advantage.

Simulation is part of the modern game now and what was once blamed on the Premier League’s foreign imports has manifested itself among a number of English players and occurs on a regular basis.

Son went down against Leicester and was booked

This season, 18 players have been booked for a form of simulation, with Tottenham midfielder Heung-Min Son the latest to literally fall foul of the law.

Son became the fourth Spurs player to be booked this term when he went down in the box following a challenge from Leicester City defender Harry Maguire.

They have also had Harry Kane, Lucas Moura and Danny Rose shown yellow for their attempts at conning the law.


That is the joint-most of any Premier League team, with north London rivals Arsenal also on four and they have a top flight record as a result of diving.

Back in December, Granit Xhaka, Shkodran Mustafi and Matteo ­Guendouzi’s all had issues with ­gravity and thus ended up being booked.

Matteo ­Guendouzi goes down against Huddersfield

Matteo ­Guendouzi goes down against Huddersfield

Huddersfield are next on the list with two bookings. In October’s 1-1 draw, Burnley manager Sean Dyche referred to Laurent Depoitre’s theatrics as ’embarrassing’ and they are one of eleven clubs in the league to have had a player booked for unsportsmanlike behaviour.

Fulham forward Aboubakar Kamara committed one of the worst dives of this or any other season when he tried to con referee Andre Marriner with a woeful attempt against Bournemouth.

Players booked for simulation in 2018/19

Aboubakar Kamara

Alexandre Lacazette

Ashley Barnes

Chris Löwe

Danny Rose

Granit Xhaka

Harry Kane

Idrissa Gueye

Ilkay Gündogan

James Maddison

James McArthur

Laurent Depoitre

Lucas Moura

Matteo Guendouzi

Pierre-Emile Højbjerg

Shkodran Mustafi

Heung-Min Son

Willian

Clubs with most players booked for simulation

Arsenal – 4

Tottenham – 4

Huddersfield – 2

Burnley – 1

Chelsea – 1

Crystal Palace – 1

Everton – 1

Fulham – 1

Leicester – 1

Manchester City – 1

Southampton – 1

 

 

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