Early Doors

Pundit vows to quit broadcasting if Neville can show him diving

Early Doors

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It can be very hard for football pundits to know when to stop arguing. This has been made apparent after a bizarre row between rival broadcasters Gary Neville and Stan Collymore.

The former Premier League stars were locked in a strange Twitter spat on Monday evening following Diego Costa's controversial booking during Chelsea's 3-1 win at Burnley.

Costa was shown the yellow card by referee Michael Oliver for diving after apparently getting clipped by Burnley goalkeeper Tom Heaton, and a row quickly escalated between the pair.

TV replays appeared to show that Costa had been fouled and Chelsea should have been awarded a penalty, which led to Neville and Collymore going head-to-head on social media - much to the delight and amusement of fans.

It all began as Sky Sports pundit Neville claimed that every player had gone to ground to win a foul in the Premier League era as far as he was aware.

But for Collymore, an ex Liverpool striker and now a radio presenter and commentator for TalkSport, this was like waving a red flag before a bull.

Indeed, so outraged was Collymore that he vowed to quit broadcasting for good if Neville – who was then inevitably urged on by some hopeful fans – could find footage of the former forward diving.

Neville countered Collymore’s promise by setting a challenge: if he found the former Liverpool star had dived during his career, he then must wear a Manchester United top in the Merseyside city.

Neville tweeted: “As I said every player. Give me a few days or so. Need a sky anorak in the archives? Anyone?”

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It was an almost farcical exchange, but one which highlighted how strongly some players - and even former professionals - feel about accusations regarding simulation.

Neville may feel as though all Premier League players have, at one point, dived in order to win a free kick, but he now knows that some individuals do not take such suggestions kindly.

What do you think: has every Premier League player at one point or another dived to win a foul? Or, as Collymore says, are some footballers too honest to go down? Post your comments below...

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