Have to take my hat off to Banford last nite for not diving and trying to keep the integrity of the game honest. In what appeared a stone wall penalty if he'd of gone to the ground VAR give a penalty. However, he succeeds to keep his footing and you'd fully expect VAR to give a penalty yet don't
VAR just promoting players to dive dive dive in order to get the penalty. It's impossible to do the right things with VAR.
Diving = no contact. If he's fouled, he has every right to go down to get a penalty. He decided he would rather score a goal instead, but all he got was a corner. When Mane and Salah go down for a penalty after being fouled, they get called divers. They're just doing the professional thing to do. It's not diving in any way or form.
VAR doesn't give a penalty anymore. VAR may advise the ref to go and review a challenge in the box, then the video operator in the hub supplies the evidence for the ref to look at pitchside. After that, it's all down to the ref on the field. He is the one who makes those decisions. He has a team on and off the pitch to assist him, (and he will usually go with what he sees on the screen) but he has the authority to ignore them all, if he so wishes.