Sheffield Wednesday: Cardiff boss stokes flames of Forestieri ‘diving’ row

Russell Slade with Fernando Forestieri when Cardiff and Sheffield Wednesday met earlier in the season
Russell Slade with Fernando Forestieri when Cardiff and Sheffield Wednesday met earlier in the season
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The subject of Fernando Forestieri and diving has proved to be a major talking point in recent months for Sheffield Wednesday.

And boss of Saturday’s visitors Cardiff City Russell Slade has chipped in with his own views on the diminutive forward.

Top scorer Forestieri has been booked four times this season for perceived ‘simulation’ with most coming in very questionable decisions.

Head coach Carlos Carvalhal admitted he withdrew the 26-year-old after he was booked for a foul at Derby County last weekend due to a fear the 15-goal striker would be sent off and miss the final two games by a referee who may act on reputation.

Threatening to stoke the flames, Cardiff manager Slade says referee Paul Tierney should be ‘mindful’ of Forestieri’s reputation heading into Saturday’s clash at Hillsborough.

And Slade insists Forestieri will receive no special treatment from his players.

“We will just play our normal game,” Slade said. “We have no special measures for any particular player.

“However I think the person who needs to be mindful of that and to understand that is the referee.

“He has to be strong enough in a big game because it’s a big game for the referee who’s in control of making those sort of decisions.

“I can’t make those decisions in the heat of the moment. It’s down to him and his assistants.”

Cardiff must beat Wednesday to keep alive their hopes over overtaking the Owls into sixth spot.

A draw will be enough for Wednesday to secure a place in the play-offs.

Slade said: “It’s huge. We’re near the finishing line and we’re in a position and a realistic situation of getting to a play-off final and the Premier League.

“That’s what we chase and there’s a lot of teams below us who would switch with us.

“We have to accept the situation we’re in and embrace the fact we have a wonderful opportunity to deliver something special.”