The issue of ‘simulation’, more colloquially known as playacting, is one football has long struggled to confront and it has returned as a major talking point after Sunday’s Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United.

Spurs manager Jose Mourinho and United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer traded barbs over Tottenham forward Son Heung-min’s reaction to being accidentally caught in the face by the hand of United midfielder Scott McTominay.

Son fell to the ground clutching his face and, after United scored from the resulting attack, was surrounded by his team mates while he lay on the pitch.

In the meantime, referee Chris Kavanagh was called to the pitchside monitor by VAR to review the incident and decided, to Solskjaer’s fury, to disallow the goal.

The Norwegian said the referee had been “conned” and television pundits lambasted the decision with ex-Manchester City…

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