DAVID Moyes wants the FA to crack down on diving by using video replays after games - as he revealed he has banned his own players for going down easily.
Everton travel to Old Trafford on Sunday, where Manchester United winger Ashley Young has been at the centre of allegations he has won spot kicks for his side by diving.
And the Toffees boss believes retrospective punishment for such offences would quickly stop players trying to con referees.
“I’ve said to the players I don’t want them diving,” he said. “Of course people will go down but I don’t like it, and I will say to them if I think they are going down outrageously cheaply. I will say it to them and I think all managers will. I think in the end it comes back to haunt you.
“There is one thing I would do with football, I would have retrospective punishment on diving the same way they look back to see if somebody has elbowed someone.
“If it was me the best way to make our referees job easier would be to have retrospective punishment on diving.”
Moyes believes referees would be grateful for the introduction of such a system. “The players are so good at it, but if you check afterwards to see if they have done it and you find they did then you ban them,” he said.
“The referees will go ‘thanks very much’ because it will start to stop it happening and make the games much easier (for them).
“Until we do that, that is the biggest change that needs to come in football. If the referee says he didn’t see an incident and the FA panel looks into it to see if somebody punched someone off the ball then why could they not doing it for diving?
“If you know the rules and the player done it, you would be saying to the player ‘you’re stupid’. Right away you can get rid of the [diving]. “It would make the referee’s job much easier.”
It emerged yesterday that Alex Ferguson has “had a word” with Young over his antics, and United legend Bryan Robson has warned the former Aston Villa man that referees may be reluctant to award him spot-kicks in the future.
And Ferguson has confirmed he has spoken to the winger about the situation. “I have had a word with Ashley,” said Ferguson. “He understands where we are coming from. Hopefully it makes a difference.”
Although the United boss continues to insist such decisions even themselves out.
“We didn’t get one against Wigan during the week. We didn’t scream from the rooftops about it. It happens,” he said.
“We got one given against us for Newcastle, we didn’t scream about that either. You get bad decisions and good ones. Believe me, it does even itself out.”