There’s very little worse than play-acting on a football pitch. In fact, it is up there with the worst things you can do when playing the beautiful game.
Unfortunately, it is becoming more and more of a regularity across the world and referees are attempting to stamp down on it.
Just last week during the first ever MLS match between debutants Orlando SC and New York City FC, three players were booked for simulation and, astonishingly, Manchester United’s Adnan Januzaj has received more yellow cards for diving than he has scored goals for the Red Devils.
It is becoming a real problem in the sport, but this latest act of simulation from a Trinidad and Tobago under-21 international is absolutely despicable.
Engaging in battle with an opponent, Akeem Humphrey can be seen to throw a swift elbow into the face of the Panamanian – sending him crashing to the turf – before outrageously pretending that he was the one that was hurt.
Fortunately, the referee was in a decent enough position to see the action unfold and, failing to be tricked by the Trinidadian, brandished him a straight red card for the elbow.