We hold our hands up. We are not sure whether the villain in question is either Motherwell’s Steven Hughes, Jim O’Brien or another. But what is without doubt is that the dive we can now bring you was yet another horrific attempt by a footballer to con the referee into blowing his whistle when clearly no foul had been committed.
The incident took place during last Saturday’s SPL meeting between St. Mirren and Motherwell, with the visitors racing into a comfortable 3-nil lead by the hour mark to walk away with the points. St. Mirren, though, did manage to salvage some late pride however, after Stephen O’Donnell expertly volleyed home a Billy Mehmet cross in the 72nd minute.
St. Mirren’s goal was awarded despite the best efforts of the Motherwell player to have the goal chalked off. In the build up to O’Donnell’s super strike, Mr. X (as he shall be referred to until his true identity can be revealed) found himself scrapping in a 50/50 challenge with a St. Mirren opponent on the edge of his own box, only to lose out on the tackle with the goal being scored seconds later. Yet, as soon as Mr. X realised possession was lost, he dramatically hurled himself to the floor so as to simulate a foul, despite it being obvious that no contact was made.
If anyone can reveal the identity of Mr. X, we would be grateful.
Yet another horrific case of diving can be seen here.