Friday July 11th, 2014

FIFA vice-president Jim Boyce said players who dive should be removed from the game instead of being issued a yellow card.

Boyce said he would not support the use of technology to determine whether a player had dived.  

Netherlands forward Arjen Robben was criticized for flopping during his team's 2-1 Round of 16 victory over Mexico in the World Cup. Robben later apologized for his actions. 

"A dive is something that needs to be looked at and punished more severely than it is at the present time," Boyce said to BBC World Have Your Say. "If it is absolutely no question whatsoever that it is a dive, I think perhaps FIFA have to look at whether that should be a red-card offence."

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Mexican coach Miguel Herrera alleged that on at least three different occasions Robben dove to the ground during the match. Robben has claimed that he did not dive on the play that saw the Netherlands awarded the game-winning penalty in the closing minutes of the match. 

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