Foreign imports are responsible for the proliferation of diving in the English Premier League, according to former Chelsea and Norway striker Tore Andre Flo.
Stoke City manager Tony Pulis was left irritated by Liverpool forward Luis Suarez during his side’s goalless draw in their Premier League clash earlier this month, accusing the Uruguayan of going to ground too easily. Pulis called for retrospective three-match bans for anyone found guilty of “falling over” with his new signing, former Liverpool striker Michael Owen, blaming the rise in diving on the many foreign imports playing in England.
Flo, who joined Chelsea in 1997 and played in London for three seasons before joining Rangers in the Scottish Premier League for £12 million agreed. “I think maybe it is not in English culture to dive when you play football,” Flo said.
“I think it is coming from other countries, even though there are some English people who can fall easy, but still it is a bit more from the foreigners. The English League is where it happens the least still. Even though it happens in England, I think it happens more in other leagues.”
Flo, who scored 23 goals in 76 appearances for his country, believed a review system like Pulis suggested was a good idea to stamp out the problem. However, he felt players should stay on their feet and trust the referee to acknowledge fouls rather than fall to win decisions as Owen admitted doing.