And another thing. Shouldn’t a player – any player, West Ham or Sunderland or whoever – be subject to an automatic substitution if he writhes in agony, Illunga-style, on the ground?
It just doesn’t seem safe for them to get up and resume play, once the penalty/card has been duly awarded, as if nothing had happened. Who knows what damage they are storing up for themselves in later life?
As Steve Bruce put it to be Beeb:
“Kenwyne was wrong, I can’t defend him. He’s pushed him. That’s all it is.
“Then I see the play-acting and then the medical people running on with an ice pack on an eye injury as if he’s got a cut eye and there’s nothing there. It’s all just a ploy.
“I think there was Big Sam’s (Sam Allardyce) quote in the week that if we’re not careful we’re going to turn it into a game for pansies.
“The referee has got a decision to make but I have to say Ilunga’s play-acting left a lot to be desired.
“Whoever it was with the ice swab; he pulled it away and I was looking for a big gash of an inch and a half, I was looking to see if there was a bump. There wasn’t even a bruise.
“The one thing that we don’t want to see is what goes on around the world, all this diving nonsense. We want to see a spectacle and we got one, but let’s not take away what everybody wants to see.”
* At least West Ham fans can share our fun in Bordeaux-baiting (scroll down left hand sidebar), having also endured nonsense from Laurent Blanc and Jean-Louis Triaud when trying to sign Chamakh