Who is the Dirtier Cheat? El-Hadji Diouf or Morten Gamst Pederson (Arsenal v Blackburn)

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Blackburn took a pounding at Arsenal on Saturday, with their performance worsened by two horrible incidents of cheating involving firstly El-Hadji Diouf and then Morten Gamst Pederson.

Bad-boy Diouf should have been sent off for a nasty tackle on Manuel Almunia. Chasing down a lost cause, Diouf found himself outnumbered in trying to retrieve a long ball forward with both Kolo Toure and Almunia quickly on the scene for the Gunners. Almunia won the foot-race, pumping the ball out of play to clear the danger, only to then be mowed down by ankle-breaking challenge from Rovers number 18.

Always second best, Diouf ignored all common-sense before lunging disgracefully into the Spanish keeper with his right leg, studs first, flying into the custodian’s ankle in a filthy and late foul.

Diouf’s x-rated tackle on Almunia can be seen here.

But that was only the first half of a terrible double-bill for Blackburn. Moments later Morten Gamst Pederson put in an Oscar winning dive as he tried to con the referee into awarding a blatantly non-existent penalty for a foul against Bacary Sagna.

With the winger racing into the box ahead of the Arsenal full-back, Pederson slyly twisted his head backwards to gauge the proximity of his covering defender before taking a Platoon-esque tumble in the box in one of the worst fake fouls seen this year. Pederson was also fortunate not to be sent off for simulation.

Morten Gamst Pederson’s unbelievably bad dive can be seen here.

So which was worse? You decide.