Brace yourselves, yes, it’s that thread.
Neymar is a bit of a meme right now due to his ridiculous acting, but Neymar aside, I watch a few games every 4 years and there is certainly a pervasive trend of players faking injuries, usually on legitimate fouls (but sometimes not). I get that a bit of acting can help draw a foul that a ref might not have otherwise noticed, you see that in basketball a lot, but what’s the point of rolling around on the ground pretending to be hurt for 2 or 3 minutes? They have VAR now, but it’s not like the ref is ever going to say, “Wow, that guy must really be hurt, I better check the video.” He’s either going to see the contact or he’s not, right? Do they see it and then mull it over for a minute before making a call? Do the players use it like a time out?
As a very casual viewer, I find it all very strange, and yet the whole apparatus chugs along as though it’s legitimate – other players, referees, medical staff, TV commentators, everyone just pretends that so-and-so really must be in a lot of pain from this incidental contact. And it’s not like the players are just wusses, because they’ll take hard hits from contact that’s clearly not a foul and they don’t waste any time faking being hurt from it.