Divers do not prosper and Everton need Anthony Gordon to learn this quickly

Referee Stuart Atwell was in the perfect place to wave away the penalty appeals and did something we need more officials to do –  he stopped the game and booked Gordon for faking a dive and faking a foul.

There was a time when the English claimed they were naive in this version of the game’s dark arts. At best, it was always a rather rose-tinted view, That quaint idea English players do not try to cheat to gain an advantage is ridiculous. Players like Gordon appear to be no different.

Those who have seen him play this season will know how easily he goes down, how “clever” he is at winning free kicks. He is a fine young player, with a big future ahead of him if he fulfils his undoubted talent, his reputation has spread and it is not a tag a 21-year-old should have.

As Jamie Carragher pointed out as co-commentator on Sky Sports “…There has been a tendency from Anthony Gordon, in a few games I have seen him, this [diving] has crept into his game in the last few months I have been watching.

“He has been a revelation under Frank Lampard  but that’s something people are going to keep an eye on now I would imagine.”

None more so than referees. It is worth noting that, minutes before Gordon was rightly booked for simulation, he had gone down in a 50-50 shoulder to shoulder challenge with Trent Alexander Arnold.

It looked, to the naked eye, he had been fouled as he threatened to get in behind. He did not get the free kick, Alexander-Arnold did not get a booking and the game continued.

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