Football fans joked Chelsea star Kai Havertz should have received an Olympic gold medal for his "pathetic" dive against Crystal Palace.
Havertz attempted to con referee Anthony Taylor into awarding a penalty towards the end of the first half, tumbling to the deck after Palace defender Marc Guehi's outstretched leg appeared to send him over. But Taylor wasn't fooled.
The experienced official immediately awarded a free-kick to Palace and agreed with Guehi's calls to book the Blues forward, showing the German a yellow card. Taylor might have dealt with the incident in double quick fashion on the pitch, but the fallout continued on social media as rival fans laid into Havertz.
One disgruntled supporter wrote: "Havertz should be sent off for cheating. What a disgrace." Someone else called the star "pathetic" and said: "Embarrassing from Havertz, pathetic little diving p****."
Others suggested he should have been sent off, with one user commenting: "If you dive in football to try con the referee that would have led to a penalty then I’m sorry but you should get the biggest punishment possible. Pathetic from such a talented player. Havertz should be off imo, rule change needed!"
A fourth person added: "Havertz you cheating scumbag." While someone else joked: "Havertz would win gold at the Olympics for that dive."
Would you have sent Havertz off for his dive against Crystal Palace? Let us know in the comments section.
Sky Sports pundit Jamie O'Hara was equally as scathing of the German. He said: "It's a shocking dive. Absolutely no place for it in the game. He's got to book him for it. The Crystal Palace players are going crazy because that, for me, is such bad simulation.
"It's not what you want to see in the game, especially at the highest level in a big moment…shocking from him, I hate to see it in the game, we need to get it out as quick as possible. I would have sent him off."
Despite the outrage from O'Hara and on social media, Havertz remained on the field as the two sides played out a 0-0 draw in the first half at Wembley.
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