x Abu Dhabi, UAE Thursday 20 July 2017

Have your say on fair play?

Are sporting heroes who would rather lose than cheat a thing of the past?

Our columnist Robert Philip watched an amateur football game in his local village in Scotland and in 45 minutes alone, there were three blatant dives inside the penalty area, four highly theatrical portrayals of feigning injury and two sneaky Thierry Henry-style handballs. Choose any game at any level in any country - from schools' football to World Cup finals - and you will encounter similar chicanery. Are sporting heroes who would rather lose than cheat a thing of the past?