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Ferguson demands action to eradicate `disease' of diving

AFP , MANCHESTER, ENGLAND

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has demanded an end to the "disease" of diving which is proving to be one of the controversial scars on the game.

In welcoming the new initiative which will see referees take responsibility for stopping the game when players get injured, Ferguson has called on the authorities to find a method of combating diving.

Manchester United have hardly been immune from the curse, with Cristiano Ronaldo and former striker Ruud van Nistelrooy both accused of diving in the past.

However, Ferguson, whose side face Fulham in their Premiership opener at Old Trafford today, feels something must be done to combat the problem, which plagued the World Cup.

"We all agree the diving problem has started since foreign players came into our country but make no mistake about it, English players do it too," the Scot said.

"It has become a disease and we want to see it eradicated," he said.

Ferguson did not describe exactly what measures should be put into place to defeat the cheats.

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