Boa Fulham's Ginola

Thursday 27 December 2001

Luke Young believes Fulham's Luis Boa Morte is getting a reputation for diving to rival that of David Ginola.

The Charlton defender came up against Boa Morte at Craven Cottage and thought the booking he received for unsporting behaviour was harsh.

The Portuguese winger went down on the edge of the penalty area after appearing to be clipped by Graham Stuart 20 minutes into the game. Young said there was contact but thought the theatrical way in which Boa Morte fell convinced referee Steve Bennett it was all an act.

It reminded Young of his former Tottenham teammate Ginola.

The 22-year-old, who moved from Spurs to Charlton in the summer, said: "I think the way Boa Morte went down was what the referee saw. I thought it might have been a penalty. It was not given but the booking was a little bit harsh.

"I don't think it was his first incident of this kind and, hopefully, he will be able to get rid of the reputation he is building.

"Ginola had a similar name at Spurs. You go down a couple of times and it gets highlighted on television and then you get the tag of a diver. Perhaps that went against him this time."

Boa Morte's caution against Charlton was his third of the season for diving. He has one of the worst disciplinary records in Jean Tigana's team and only last week had the red card he received for an alleged biting incident during the 2-0 win over Everton on 8 December rescinded on appeal.

Fulham assistant manager Christian Damiano thinks Boa Morte is being treated unfairly. He said: "I saw the video. He never dived and the Charlton player never played the ball. I saw it from four or five angles and the pictures speak a lot.

"Every referee seems to have a big problem with Boa Morte. Once again he was a victim.

But 24-year-old Boa Morte, who was an 11th-minute substitute for injured Lee Clark, will not change the way he plays.

He said: "We did not claim a penalty. I don't care about my reputation. I just want to play football and the right people will say what they have to about referees."

Dutch goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar was given the man-of-the-match award by Fulham sponsors after top-class saves from Kevin Lisbie, Jason Euell and Claus Jensen.