Swedish outfit Osters were so disgusted by Luis Suarez’s dive to win Barcelona a penalty against Paris Saint-Germain in a recent Champions League match that they have vowed to try and change football for the better by stamping out playacting.
The Uruguayan won a vital spot kick for the Catalans as they made an astonishing comeback from a 4-0 first-leg deficit to beat PSG 6-1 at home, but evidently not everyone was left impressed as his action has inspired the Swedish side to take action.
“It’s nothing we’ve decided overnight, but it was brought up by the context of the Barcelona match,” Johan Lindberg, a director of the club said. “Although we live in different worlds, this is not the kind of football we stand for. We do not want to win in such a way.
“We believe that it is possible to make football better than it is today. We won’t sit as a court and examine every 50/50 situation, but we could at least start with the obvious cheating? If someone falls down and pretends to be injured even though the entire crowd and all cameras show there was no contact, for example.”
As a result, they have revamped their code of conduct.
“We want to make a difference, and we are ready to act against our players,” he said. “We believe that we as a club can have an influence and that our work will also put pressure on more teams to take a position.”
The second-tier club are quite happy to take the moral high ground and do not see this as a PR exercise.
“I’ve been thinking about this for many years,” Lindberg said. “Why are there no big clubs to take action?
“Take Real Madrid, who can choose exactly which players they want. Pepe’s the biggest pig in the world – why is he still there? He does things that the world thinks is wrong, debases the brand, costs a lot of money. I don’t understand it.
“This is not a way for us to generate publicity or to look good in the eyes of the world, but actually make a difference.”