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Refs told to keep heat on cheats.

Byline: ALAN BIGGS

REFEREES have been told to take a tough line against cheats, even at the risk of wrongly accusing an innocent victim.

Wrongly booking a suspect is inevitable "occasionally" according to advice handed out to English officials at a preseason conference. But they are urged to be "strong" in a campaign against what former top international referee Pierluigi Collina (left) once called a "cancer in football." Referees accept it is becoming harder to detect a deliberate dive.

"Players have become skilled at disguising their intentional actions," says a report from Professional Game Match Officials.

But the guidelines stress that to cut down cheating, a referee "may occasionally punish a player when no simulation has occurred because such decisions are difficult to make".
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Aug 5, 2012
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