The winger earned himself a yellow card in his efforts to unlawfully win a penalty on Saturday.
Former Premier League referee Graham Poll says Manchester United cheat Ashley Young should be “banned for five games” after he was booked for diving on Saturday.
The England international received a yellow card after attempting to con referee Jon Moss into awarding Manchester United a penalty by deliberately tumbling over a challenge from Kagisho Dikgacoi – who would later be sent off when the pair clashed again – in the 2-0 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday.
And Poll feels the only solution to prevent players from diving is to enforce stricter punishments, calling for Young to be suspended for his attempts to deceive the officials at Old Trafford.
“[He] is a cheat and he should be banned for five games, then he might stop diving to try and con referees. Managers’ ‘having a word’ with him has not discouraged Young from diving and so it should be time for the footballing authorities to step in,” Poll wrote in his column for The Daily Mail.
“Any change to law needs submission and approval by the IFAB but a disciplinary sanction is not covered in law, it is determined by National Associations.
“Therefore in cases of undisputed diving, whether punished on the field or not, why not impose a five match ban? I believe that would have a much better effect than the managerial word.”
The United winger has forged an unwanted reputation as a diver and has won 12 penalties during his career in the top flight. Sir Alex Ferguson reprimanded Young for his behaviour last season and new boss David Moyes claims he will have stern words with the 28-year-old after his latest indiscretion.