Millwall manager Neil Harris supports Burnley boss Sean Dyche’s appeal for heavier clampdown on simulation

BY RICHARD CAWLEY

Millwall manager Neil Harris has backed Sean Dyche’s plea for harsher penalties for simulation.

There were calls for Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic to be banned after appearing to feign injury in Friday night’s match at Huddersfield Town.

The Serbian frontman was grounded and tussling with Rajiv van La Parra as the Whites ran the clock down – before rolling on to his front and clutching his face. Replays appeared to show no contact.

The west London club are next up for the Lions tomorrow night.

Burnley boss Dyche, formerly a team-mate of Harris at Millwall, would like to see month-long suspensions.

“Simple. Ban them. It would be out of football within a month,” said Dyche after his side’s 2-1 loss at Arsenal on Sunday.

Asked about Mitrovic, Harris said: “What I will say is that I support Sean Dyche’s comments from the weekend when it comes to players diving and rolling around.

“I won’t talk about individual players at any level, I’m just talking in general in the modern game.

“We don’t want to see players acting and people being given opportunities to get away with things, trying to get their fellow professionals in trouble.

“People are still diving now or play-acting and getting away with it or getting a yellow card and getting another opportunity. Let’s stamp it out of the game.

“We are trying to move the game forward. We want players to be role models. Feigning injury has no place in the game.”

Mitrovic has previously clashed with Millwall and was lucky to escape punishment for an off-the-ball elbow on Tim Cahill when the two clubs last met at The Den in a Championship fixture.

Cahill was handed a three-game ban for a similar incident on Ryan Fredericks just before the second flashpoint – being found guilty after TV footage was reviewed.

7 thoughts on “Millwall manager Neil Harris supports Burnley boss Sean Dyche’s appeal for heavier clampdown on simulation

  • 20th August 2019 at 12:15 pm
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    Why can the EFL and the FA cannot see this is the lowest form of cheating,not only trying to get an unfair advantage but also getting a fellow player sent off .A two match ban and two yellow cards added to whatever they have now,managers would then not put up with it and it would stop within a short time.

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    • 20th August 2019 at 12:32 pm
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      Agreed. Stamp out the cheating. The Women’s World Cup was far better in this respect.

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  • 20th August 2019 at 12:32 pm
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    Agreed. Stamp out the cheating. The Women’s World Cup was far better in this respect.

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  • 20th August 2019 at 1:37 pm
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    Clearly if the authorities do not sanction cheating or simulating unreservedly when there is no contact then they are condoning it. Supporters are entitled to expect respect for the sport mirrored by strict and strong rules by the authorities to ensure without any doubt that the game is clean and transparent.

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  • 20th August 2019 at 2:33 pm
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    Yes, all of this theatrical acting by players needs to be eradicated from the game

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  • 20th August 2019 at 3:09 pm
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    Basically the FA and EFL are too weak as they do not want to upset any television sponsorship and financing.

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    • 20th August 2019 at 7:27 pm
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      Totally agree with the Burnley and Millwall manager’s, comments the FA and the EFL are to soft, stamp it out with suspetions for the divers and fakers, that might be what the game needs.

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