1 Aug 2009

A-League coaches in support of diving crackdown

7:38 am on 1 August 2009

A-League coaches have welcomed Football Federation Australia's crackdown on diving but have pleaded for common sense in the policing of the tough new laws.

FFA confirmed on Friday it would bring in new disciplinary measures that will allow A-League players to be retrospectively cited for "simulation".

The A-League's match review panel will go over games to find instances of simulation missed by the referee, where players have won penalties or had opponents sent off.

Players found guilty of diving can receive suspensions of up to two weeks.

The league will become only the second in world football, behind the Scottish Premier League, to impose such sanctions.