12/09/2012 12:51:00 am

Football Cheats: No 29 - Santi Cazorla (Arsenal vs. West Brom - Dec 2012)

Another week, another shameless, overpaid footballer cheats to gain a major advantage. This week, the offending player is Arsenal's Santi Cazorla, whose dive against West Brom earlier today completely conned the referee, and left Baggies boss Steve Clarke Fuming.

In the 26th minute of this afternoon's Premier League game at the Emirates, the velocity created by Steven Reid's non-contact air tackle on Cazorla somehow created enough force to quadruple the earth's gravitational pull, which resulted in the Spaniard being unceremoniously pulled to the ground against his will.

You can see this amazing phenomenon yourself below:


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After the game, former Liverpool coach Steve Clarke could barely hide his anger at the decision to award a penalty. He raged:

"There was zero contact, it wasn't even close. I am not sure what the referee saw,' said the angry West Brom manager. It was a bad decision for us and obviously changed the shape of the afternoon. It is so clear there was no contact, the referee has to be better with his decision"

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger also conceded that it could've been a dive. He said:

"I am sorry if it was not a penalty, but I have spoken to Santi and he said he was touched, lost his balance. Has he made a bit more of it? I don't know. When he [a player] is touched, he goes down, the referee can give or not give the penalty. Of course [I will speak to Santi if he has not been touched]. I will look at it, don't worry"

To his credit, Arsenal legend Martin Keown condemned Cazorla's dive. He told the BBC:

"There is no way it is a penalty. Cazorla did make the most of Reid’s challenge, it is not good to see. He has conned the referee and has gotten away with it."

Arsenal have been won more penalties at home in the last 10 years than any other Premier League team. After Saturday’s double, their total stands at 47, four more than Manchester United.

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25 Comments :

disqus_eltHpf5Ozr said...

You got the Olympic divers Gerrard and Suarez on that list?

Mpk said...

Looks like everybody except Suarez is either taking advantage of or being punished for diving these days. :)

rubyrm said...

It will be interesting to see what the media circus will have to say about this. I guess if it was Suarez it would be head lines news.

Ssdsad said...

all i have to say is suarez ...

Nick_215 said...

a liverpool blog having an article about diving cheaters?? anyone else see the irony here....

HazeyMatt said...

yes he does actually.

HazeyMatt said...

Before everyone starts with the oh but its ok for suarez rant.
Take alook back through these articles. this blog is in no way known to be pro suarez lol

reah said...

this is great coming from liverpool. gerrard and suarez are LEGENDARY.. just check out you tunbe. liverpool invented the words CHEAT and DIVE

HazeyMatt said...

Jaimie Kanwar you do realise you are going to be accused of pro suarez bias dont you?
After reading your blog for awhile now i'd imagine this to be the ultimate insult for you lol

carlosthegooner said...

Suarez does have a bad name and rightly so but what our Santi done was no better and he should rightly get a bit of stick about it. neither team have a patch on the Mancs with Rooney, Welbeck, nani and Young in the team who get little stick for constant abuse of the laws...

Simon said...

Author highlights all cheats regularly, including liverpool one's

Simon said...

I think Cazorla is a little unlucky here, or lucky, not too have been kicked.

Reid is totally bamboozled and takes a wild swipe at the ball.

"Winning" free kicks and penalties is not a new phenomenon.

See Snodgrass "winning" a free kick for the 3rd Norwich goal today, just as bad.

Flashman said...

What a dreadful blog site absolute crap, so glad the arsenal have an abundance of top well written blog sites, I thought you were a big club, obviously not. What kind of statement are you trying to make with this rubbish. The most hilarious statement has to be the arsenal having the highest number of home penalties awarded in their favour over the past decade. Did you ever stop to think that's probably down to the fact that we have played far better football than the great Liverpool over that period, calm down calm down, 1989!

jak1 said...

What's hypocritical of Steve Clarke is that his own player to an even more outrageous dive for a penalty in the 2nd half. Maybe he's upset that his cheating players didnt get the penalty. Seriously, the pot and the kettle.
I grew up in the 70's. Don't listen to pundits on talkShite etc., - British footballers have been diving for decades. Rodney Marsh and Stan Bowles were embarrassing with their flops. Frank Stapleton used to throw his head back with every dive like he'd been shot (I'm a gooner - I've witnessed dozens of Stapleton dives) Dalglish was a diver (sorry - he was!) The list goes on - from Bob Latchford to Francis Lee.

In the game today, the serial divers are Gareth Bale, Wayne Rooney and Ashley Young. Welbeck's been busted a few times too.

Foreigners? Klinsmann, Ronaldo and Drogba were a disgrace. The rest were minimal offenders. The Brits are the biggest divers, but the press want to point the finger on the likes of Johnny Foreigner.

Cojw said...

Ah the old 'enemy of my enemy is a friend' mentality to gather some sort of leniency. Desperate but unsurprising move as you are on a LFC site after all

Cojw said...

Yep, you keep peddling the 'xenophobic British bullying Johnny Foreigner' angle of attack. Funnily enough Kosc (Wenger and Scharner a season or two ago too) isn't even British and he had a pop at Suarez for his antics. Heres me thinking its just a British thing, this so-called attacking of Johnny Foreigner...

rubyrm said...

In response to divers and cheats of manure.

Jason Carr said...

jaimie leave it now(29) cannot bare it anymore lol

Gano1 said...

Special dive that one, i thought only Suarez dived??????....................clearly not!

Benglian said...

Wow! A scouser page I actually like! As an Arsenal fan I sort of thought it's karma after us not getting awarded penalties at home, but after thinking about it, well, cheating is cheating whoever does it. I expect Santi to get rightly pilloried in the press for it. Let's face it we can't take the piss out of Bale and Suarez, and then turn a blind eye to our own divers, can we? Top series, Mr. Scouse, bookmarked!

nick1811 said...

i think you should check this site's article history and ideology before saying that

Lion Heart said...

You should add Sterling to this list too, because even he tries it in almost every game.

FdotM said...

Cazorla clearly dived...no ifs or buts. Disgraceful.

JackFact said...

Re your stat about Arsenal pens - Arsenal were the only team that didn't get a penalty at home last season. not even one.

Joshjones14 J said...

Can't beat them join them

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