Jack Grealish Accused Of 'Embarrassing' Dive In Aston Villa's Controversial Loss To West Ham
Jack Grealish was accused of an 'embarrassing' dive during Aston Villa's 2-1 loss against West Ham on Monday night.
Once again most people were left talking about VAR after West Ham's win, with Ollie Watkins late equaliser ruled out by the video officials by the barest of all margins.
However Grealish, who scored Villa's equaliser before Jarrod Bowen's winner, was also at the centre of some controversy, which spilled out into the managers technical areas.
In the second half the England international won a free kick after a clash with Pablo Fornals, but the 25-year-old's delayed reaction caused outrage from fans on Twitter.
Grealish is an utter embarrassment :rage:- COYIrons (@COYIrons_com) November 30, 2020
That dive from Grealish is embarrassing to say the least A* for the acting skills mate- ellie (@__elliewx) November 30, 2020
Defending that dive? Take off the Grealish tinted glasses mate.- Jaack (@Jaack) November 30, 2020
Grealish with a ridiculous dive. pic.twitter.com/AcAMmtihac- Chris1919:trophy: (@Chris191910) November 30, 2020
Next up from Grealish is a 2.5 front twist in Pike position - dive difficulty 2.8 :stuck_out_tongue_closed_eyes::joy::joy::joy:- Anne B (@Simply_AnnieB) November 30, 2020
The most concernjng thing is not that Grealish did this, but he got rewarded with a free kick and a Fornals booking. Anyone can see that's a dive and to pretend otherwise almost makes the ref complicit in the dive.- Gary Killington ⚒ (@gary_killington) December 1, 2020
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There was tension between the two benches during the game as well, with both assistant managers getting booked for an argument, that it seems was to do with the dive.
Speaking on Monday Night Football after the game, Dean Smith said, "One of their members of staff was calling Jack a 'diver' and a 'cheat.
"I wouldn't say anything about opposition players and I wouldn't expect any of my staff members to say it either.
"So, I spoke to David and he said he will deal with it."
Speaking on BBC 5 Live, former West Ham defender Matthew Upson agreed with whatever it was the Hammers' bench had said, saying, "It's hard to see how the referee hasn't read the script on that one, isn't it?
"We could see it here and we are a fair distance away.
"Jack Grealish waited for the contact and literally just dived on the floor.
"Coufal did nothing running alongside him.
"I can see Grealish having a cheeky little chuckle to himself and happy with the free-kick he has just won."
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