Poor refereeing strikes again. Milan get a really soft penalty against them in the 96th minute. Juve score 2-1.
The Barca game was a farce too. Suarez clearly dived, but that match in terms of excitement and entertainment was the greatest I've seen in a long long time. Those European nights..
It was indeed soft and going in the way of the dominant team of the league didn't help, but in general I'm in favour of giving similar situations in favour of the attacking side. Football is, by design, a low scoring game, where defenders have the upper hand for most of the time. No need to cushion them even more.
My take on diving is that if a defender makes contact with attacking player, however slight it might be, he gives the latter an excuse to go down and referee an excuse to five a foul. Again, if the ref is not 100% sure of the opposite, an advantage should go to the attacking player. The whole polematic over diving and presenting it like the scourge of the game is the most idiotic thing I've seen in any sport in recent years.Having said that, in case of pure simulation (no contact involved), a yellow should be given. Two incidents involving Deulofeu last night are textbook examples. For one of them, he did get booked.
PSG didn't lose it because of Suarez' dives anyway. They lost because they thought the tie was over after the first leg and choked after realising it might not actually be during the second leg. Had they come to the second leg with right attitude, Barca would have had no chance to turn around that deficit.
As a fan, I want to see, at least at the top level of the game, that skill and quality overcome pure physicality and hard craft. In that context, "diving" is at worst a necessary evil, forcing defenders to approach the game in a different way. One, that is based more on anticipation and reading of the game instead of physical strenght and power.