Social media is proving to the worst place for any football player that does anything wrong on the pitch and gets away with it. The world of social media has poked fun at Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli after he appeared to dive during the 1-0 win over Crystal Palace.
Alli threw himself to the ground after 73 minutes at Selhurst Park in an attempt to convince Kevin Friend that he had been fouled by goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey. The Spurs midfielder has already been booked twice for diving this season against Huddersfield and Liverpool and although Friend did not caution him on this occasion, television replays showed clearly that he was guilty again.
Alli was then criticized on Twitter, with a number of posts labeling ‘pathetic’ and a ‘cheat’.
‘Dele Alli diving again. When will he learn,’ read one post. He’s a cheat. That was pathetic,’ how another summed it up.
A mocked up heat map was also posted, with a picture of someone diving. Videos were also tweeted, illustrating Alli’s actions in south London. Alli won’t face retrospective action as Friend didn’t award the penalty. Spurs were perhaps unlucky not to be awarded a legitimate penalty prior to Alli’s desperate bid to win one via simulation.