It doesn't help that refs- even at this stage- do nothing most of the time about diving. I thought I read that they were TOLD to card when they saw diving in this WC- the hell if I've seen but a handful and there's generous diving in most every game. I don't get them going bonkers with cards on questionable hits/fouls at best and yet they refuse to yank them out for diving, instead motioning the player up
IIRC the last card given to a star player in the WC for diving was Rivaldo in 02. They simply aren't cracking down on it and it's maddening. I am a Christiano Ronaldo fan, but he is one of a growing # of newer players that make diving as big a part of their game as anything else, and it has just got to stop.
Bring on instant replay and red card players who dive- it WILL stop.