Make Russia 2018 the first World Cup with no diving #StopDiving

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(Open letter to all football players going to the 2018 World Cup in Russia)

Dear professional football players,

We are the millions of fans that follow you on TV and cheer for you in the stadiums every week. We are the kids that dream they are you while playing in the backyard. We are the adults proudly wearing jerseys with your names.

We admire your effort, your will, your sacrifice and we look up to you as examples of strength, skill and success. However it has become far too common to see you diving and faking injuries in the hope you will gain advantage over your opponent.

We watch instant replays on television and we know when contact has happened and when it hasn't. Evidence of dishonesty is aired, recorded, re-watched. We see how, in football, dishonesty on the field is accepted and at times even rewarded.

The world’s youth is watching and the message they receive is clear: being dishonest is OK if it takes you closer to your goal.

We call upon all professional football players, especially those going to the 2018 World Cup in Russia, to be an example of honesty to the next generation. We ask you to engage with honour on the field. We ask you to respect your opponent and to respect your fans.

We want to see Russia 2018 become the first World Cup with no diving.

We ask you to #StopDiving.

Sincerely, your fans.

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