- 31 May 06, 04:43 PM
It’s been interesting observing the heated debate last night’s England game prompted – imagine if it had been an actual World Cup match rather than just a friendly..
Steven Gerrard’s “dive” and the subsequent reaction from BBC Match of the Day pundit Ian Wright sent several of our users straight to their computers where they fired off emails expressing their concerns.
As far as the BBC’s coverage goes and Ian Wright’s comments, I thought you might be interested to read this response from last night’s Match of the Day editor, Paul Armstrong.
The BBC supports fair play, and in our commentaries and match analysis we often point out when players fall short of the highest standards. But Ian Wright's personal view as a member of our panel was simply that: a view from a former top professional, and it's clear that other players join him in taking this attitude to diving and similar behaviour. The fact that he said what he did doesn't in any way represent a BBC policy - but it would be wrong to bar former players from making observations of this kind. Our audience is perfectly capable of making up their own mind whether they agree or disagree.
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