Burnley boss Sean Dyche has revealed that other managers warned him against speaking out on diving in football, saying it would harm his career in the game.
The Clarets chief has been steadfast in his criticism of diving and wants to see simulation stamped out.
Callum Hudson-Odoi was cautioned for diving in Burnley’s defeat to Chelsea last weekend after VAR overruled referee Michael Oliver’s initial decision to award the Blues a penalty.
Dyche spoke about protecting the greater good of the game after the match but the majority of pundits felt the teenager hadn’t dived.
The Burnley manager feels that is symptomatic of the wider view on the issue in football but said he will raise the issue at an upcoming Premier League meeting and said ‘prominent managers’ had in the past told him to ‘stop going on about it.’
“We’ve got a meeting coming up with the Premier League and it is one of the taking points, so that could be interesting, I’m not backward in coming forward,” said Dyche ahead of his side’s Premier League trip to Sheffield United this weekend.
“I’ve been told by other prominent managers to stop going on about it because it will affect my career.
“I said, ‘sorry, not my bag’. You have to be true to yourself and able to look at yourself in the mirror.
“A couple of managers said it could affect me. I’m the bad guy, don’t forget.
“But at the end of the day, it was a passing comment over a chat, and I said it wasn’t my thing. I’ve got a kid who plays, and it would be ridiculous for me to let it go and then tell him I don’t want to see him doing it. That’s double standards.
“I’m not going to send him as a scholar off on a path I find unacceptable.”
Dyche said he had spoken to fans who had supported his view but that not enough is being done to combat the problem at a grassroots level.
“The worst thing about it is kids football, where they’re all doing it now,” said the Clarets boss whose son Max has come through the ranks at Northampton Town and is now on a two-year scholarship with the Cobblers.
“The FA (should) put in a kajillion quid in to respect grassroots football – just stop them from diving.
“Give the ref a chance, stop diving, feigning injury, rolling around, when they’re little, and they’ll grow up now doing it.
“I’ve seen it for years, everyone going down from minimal contact, and where do they learn it from, the TV, stadiums. You’re not born thinking, ‘Ill wait for contact and, bang, I’ll go down’.”