But at that time it seemed to me that he was very much the exception rather than the rule. There was a time when this sort of behaviour would have been mainly associated with continental football. Sadly this is no longer the case. Since the influx of foreign players into the Premier League it has become commonplace. Kids are now growing up copying these thespians. How sad is that?
Very. There's few sights more depressing than a six-year-old throwing himself over your leg during a kick-a-bout in the park and screaming Referee!? Referee!? At the top of his squeaky little voice.