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Italian footballer's melodramatic dive
Darren Arthur
06:10 AEST Wed Dec 12 2012

Taking a dive to earn a penalty is a world-wide blight on the game of football. Italy has notoriously produced many masters of the craft, but Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci might need a few more lessons after his disgraceful effort against Palermo.

With his team leading 1-0, a sweeping counter-attack saw Bonucci in unfamiliar territory, on-on-one with the Palermo goal keeper. His clumsy attempt to round the keeper was easily blocked and the realisation that contact had been made with his leg was seemingly too good to ignore.

Bonucci threw his arms in the air and buckled as though he had been shot. With Palermo players rushing to lift him off their keeper, the unimpressed referee moved in to present a yellow card for diving.

Adding insult to embarrassment Bonucci was automatically banned from the next game. He could well spend the time working on his diving with the Juventus strikers.

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