Patrick Bamford questions encouragement to dive after Leeds United striker's incident at Southampton

PATRICK Bamford has questioned what message is being sent to players about diving after the Leeds United striker's penalty dismay at Southampton.

Wednesday, 19th May 2021, 10:43 am
Updated Wednesday, 19th May 2021, 10:44 am

Whites no 9 Bamford rounded Southampton 'keeper Alex McCarthy in Tuesday evening's clash at St Mary's and was knocked off balance as the Saints custodian's hands caught his foot.

Bamford could easily have gone to ground but stayed on his feet in an attempt to find the net only to see his touch carry the ball to near the byline and allow the Saints to eventually clear.

The Leeds striker was then seen appealing to referee Peter Bankes to give a spot kick but the match official dismissed his claims and Bamford was essentially punished for staying on his feet.

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NOT GIVEN: Southampton 'keeper Alex McCarthy makes clear contact with Patrick Bamford and knocks the striker off balance but no penalty was awarded as Bamford stayed on his feet. Photo by Frank Augstein - Pool/Getty Images.

"It's a penalty," said Bamford, speaking to LUTV post match at St Mary's.

"I said to the referee, nowadays are we trying to encourage diving then because if I go down it's 100 per cent a penalty?

"Whether they check it or not, it's a penalty.

"So surely the fact that it's knocked me off balance but I have tried to stay on my feet, it should still be a penalty.

"Everyone is saying that modern day players are diving too much, going to ground too easy.

"But the fact is, you have seen it here, if you don't then you don't get anything for it.

"Do they want players to stay on their feet or go down?"

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Thank you Laura Collins