Former England star Alvin Martin has told talkSPORT that retrospective bans would clear up diving in football within weeks.
Arsenal’s Santi Cazorla was at the centre of controversy this weekend as he appeared to drop theatrically to the floor in the box to earn his side a penalty in their 2-0 win over West Brom.
With several other players, including Gareth Bale, Luis Suarez and even Phil Neville being cautioned for simulation this season, Martin believes the time is now to act.
And he feels the best way to deal with the issue is to employ a panel who will look back at incidents and issue bans to those found guilty of the offence.
He told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “What Arsene Wenger maybe can do is fine the player but I do feel we have to start taking retrospective action. We have to start looking at it now. It was terrible really.
“I think we need a panel now that’s going to sit, and it only has to sit for three weeks, start suspending players and then the managers will sit their players down and say, ‘right, we’re being hurt now.’
“You’ve got to hurt the managers. If you hurt the managers with suspensions they will then crack down on the players and we all know if they do it they’re the leaders. I think then you’ll find it’ll clear itself up in a matter of weeks.”