Miguel Almiron was sent-off for Paraguay against Serbia on Thursday after receiving a second yellow card for diving, which will leave many Newcastle fans asking Parag-why?

I like Almiron as a player, and have a lot of sympathy for his current struggles in front of goal, but I absolutely cannot forgive anyone essentially cheating in such a blatant way.

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I am convinced the speedy South American will come good when he eventually gets his goal, and it is surely just a matter of time until it arrives.

But I cannot abide diving, and I have always been of the mindset that if it is clear and obvious, it should be an automatic red card offence.

So that Almiron has now been booked three times this season for simulation – for Newcastle against Arsenal and Manchester United, and his latest for his national side – is simply indefensible.

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Quite why any player would even try to con a referee with the introduction of VAR is baffling, as it is simply never going to gain anything.

It is disgusting, a scourge to the game and must be stamped out.


There is no excuse for Almiron diving in games

I openly criticise any player who does it, and my opinion will not change just because it is one of our players.

It may be that much of it is borne out of frustration at his current form, but it is still no excuse.

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If I was manager, and one of my players dived like that, I would substitute him immediately, regardless of who it is.

If his form does not improve soon, it is already likely Almiron may face a spell out of the starting lineup when Matt Ritchie is fit again.

With Ritchie on one wing, and Allan Saint-Maximin on the other, it will leave no room for Almiron, particularly if his struggles persist.

But a spell on the bench could do the former MLS star some good, as he can try to work on his game and it can also give him some time to reflect on his silly antics.

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