Ahhh, My Face! (GIF)

Ahhh My Face

Typical soccer diving from the Brazil game earlier today. Check out this looping Gif of an Ivory Coast player running blindly into a Brazil player and falling to the ground upon impact. The left side of his head hits the right shoulder of the Brazil player, but somehow the Ivory Coast player believes grabbing his nose, which didn’t even touch the Brazil player, will draw a penalty or something. Never mind the fact that it was the Ivory Coast player creating the contact in the first place.

Are soccer players taught at a young age to just fall to the ground and hold any ol’ body part immediately upon contact in order to draw penalties even if it’s not even remotely possible that that part is hurt? In a real tough sport, like hockey, diving is a penalty.