BBC Sport highlighted this incredible dive during a Chilean Primera Division game, and it really is something to see. We can’t think of ever having seen many more blatant or ridiculous dives than this.
That being said, when you see it from the other angle (about 0:50 on the clip), you can see why the referee could have been taken in by it. From the angle the ref would have been looking at it, the movement of the defenders leg behind the diving forward could easily have been mistaken for a foul, especially at full speed without the benefit of multiple angles and slow motion.
It just shows how tough a job referees have. So the next time you are playing and can’t believe that a ref missed or called something that was really clear to you . . . cut them some slack, it may look completely different from their angle!
Fortunately we’ve never seen dives like that in our leagues, and if you want to join us for men’s, women’s and coed spring 7vs7 soccer in Brampton, you can register a team for only $750 or individually for $85 at toronto.footysevens.com.