Young branded a 'cheat'
Ashley Young has been blasted for his latest tumble, with Newcastle's Ryan Taylor branding the Man Utd winger a 'cheat' and a 'disgrace'.
Last Updated: 16/04/12 10:16am
Ashley Young has been blasted for his latest theatrical tumble, with Newcastle's Ryan Taylor branding the Manchester United winger a 'cheat' and a 'disgrace'.
England international Young has seen his actions scrutinised over recent weeks after winning two debatable penalties.
First, he went down under a Shaun Derry challenge to earn United an early spot-kick against Queens Park Rangers, before repeating the trick in Sunday's meeting with Aston Villa.
Replays suggest Villa defender Ciaran Clark made little contact with Young, but his desire to go to ground earned United the opportunity to take a seventh-minute lead.
Young's actions have been widely condemned, with Sir Alex Ferguson admitting his player has been going down too easily, and Magpies defender Taylor has led the calls for a clampdown on simulation.
"Ashley Young is an absolute disgrace," Taylor posted on Twitter.
"He's the biggest cheat in the league. His antics are a joke."
Taylor later deleted the post, but went to say: "Winds me up watching fellow professionals dive mate. He doesn't need to. He's an international.
"Funny how everyone bar Man Utd fans thought it was a dive. #NotSurprised."
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger believes suspensions for those caught cheating would help to eradicate diving from the game, with the Gunners boss looking to the FA to drive the dark arts out of football.
"I must say the English players learn quickly," he said.
"If an obvious dive is punished by a three-match ban, the players would not do it anymore. I would support it."