Bristol City have been branded a ‘disgrace’, in their response to captain Bailey Wright’s diving storm in the 2-1 victory over Fulham.
Get Reading columnist Russell Kempson, as seen in The Bristol Post, did not hold back in his scathing review of the Robins reaction to a subsequent two-match ban handed out by the FA reviews panel, after the club released a statement declaring their disappointment in the decision.
Kempson suggests clear simulation was involved in the incident, which saw Fulham striker Aboubakar Kamara given his marching orders, and claimed such behaviour would be condemned by Reading FC boss Jaap Stam.
“I can’t recall the last time I saw – or read about – a Reading FC player attempting simulation,” he said. “I’d like to think that if a Royals player did (that), manager Jaap Stam would immediately condemn the offender.”
“Footage, albeit a bit grainy, showed that Kamara shoved Wright in the chest region, who then went down like a sack of spuds – also, for some strange reason, clutching his face.”
The scathing attack by Kempson on the Robins came as a shock to many in the industry, as it is not very often such frank remarks are made in the media.
The footage does show Wright making a big deal out of the situation, and the FA dealt with the incident in the correct manner in line with their new rules regarding simulation.
Diving, and the conning of referees, is a characteristic of the game the majority want to see stamped out, and Kempson makes his views very clear on the subject.
The Robins have every right to defend their players, however.
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