West Ham's Andriy Yarmolenko blasted for 'shameless' dive in FA Cup

West Ham winger Andriy Yarmolenko blasted for ‘comical’ and ‘shameless’ dive as the Hammers scrape a result against National League North Kidderminster with two late goals in FA Cup fourth round

  • West Ham narrowly beat Kidderminster in the FA Cup fourth round on Saturday 
  • Declan Rice and Jarrod Bowen scored stoppage-time goals to see them through 
  • But fans were annoyed with Andriy Yarmolenko for clear and obvious simulation

Fans have roundly criticised West Ham’s Andriy Yarmolenko for an embarrassing dive against Kidderminster Harriers in their FA Cup tie.

The Hammers snatched a victory with a last-gasp goal in extra-time stoppage time from Jarrod Bowen, with Declan Rice equalising in stoppage time after the 90 minute mark to take the game into extra time after Alex Penny’s opener.

But fans and pundits noticed Ukrainian winger Yarmolenko’s ‘shameless’ dive in a cheap attempt to win a penalty and decide the game and took to social media to blast his antics.

Andriy Yarmolenko (right) has been blasted for an embarrassing dive against Kidderminster

The West Ham winger tumbled to ground theatrically in his side’s FA Cup win over the Harriers

Football writer Henry Winter said: ‘Yarmolenko guilty of one of the worst pieces of simulation this season. He had a chance to shoot but dived. Against sixth-tier opposition. Shameless. Can’t believe old-school, principled Moyes would approve.’

Another fan said: ‘That is comical from Yarmolenko. A dive like that against a National League North side, the shame of it.’ 

One sarcastically commented: ‘Thoughts are with Yarmolenko after that horrific challenge’.

Pundits and fans quickly took to social media to criticise Yarmolenko for his clear simulation

A fourth said: Yarmolenko just fell over in a 1v1 cos he couldn’t be bothered. Get this man gone.’

Another added: ‘Yarmolenko has just dived against Kidderminster Harriers.’

A sixth fan questioned why no yellow card was shown, asking: ‘Why has Yarmolenko not been booked?’ 

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