English referee Robert Jones shows a yellow card to Sheffield United's Irish defender Enda Stevens. (Photo by JASON CAIRNDUFF/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Revealed: The worst divers in the Premier League - and how Burnley measure up

Diving has been a scourge on professional football for years and years.

By Jason Jones
Monday, 26th April 2021, 3:15 pm

Admittedly, in recent times the introduction of VAR and last week’s abortive effort at forming a European Super League have given supporters something else to rage against, but there’s no getting away from the fact that simulation has been a talking point that has dominated conversations in the past.

In the Premier League in particular, it feels as if there is often a heightened scrutiny surrounding contentious decisions.

Burnley have had plenty of time to adapt to officiating in the top flight by now, but consistently find themselves coming up short when it comes to receiving favourable decisions in and around the box.

The reasons for those stats are probably manifold, but could it have something to do with the Clarets’ refusal to go ground too easily, and which clubs are the worst offenders when it comes to trying to dupe referees?

Research from Bookmakers.tv has sought to determine who the most prolific divers in the Premier League are by looking at which sides have received the most bookings for simulation since 2016/17.

On an individual level, Manchester United’s Dan James leads the way with three cautions, but how does his questionable record compare to the rest of his teammates, and where do the Clarets rank among the 20 sides who currently make up the English top flight?

Click and scroll through the pages below to read our countdown of the which clubs try to pull the wool over referees’ eyes most often...

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