VIDEO: Sheffield Wednesday legend slams West Ham player - criticism for Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere too

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Sheffield Wednesday legend David Hirst believes the play-acting used by West Ham United player James Tomkins is “saddening” to the spirit of the English game.

The defender went to earth during the Hammers’ 2-1 defeat to Everton last Saturday.

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Tomkins completely over-reacted - holding his face - after Kevin Mirallas pushed him in the chest.

Hirst, talking on “The Ref Show” on-line programme, said it was the sort of cheating that you used to see abroad and that it was a shame it was now happening on English soil.

“It is absolutely unacceptable and something has to be done. It is a joke how he reacted” said the former Owls striker.

Former ref Keith Hackett also said on the show that Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere should have seen red for shoving his face towards Marouane Fellaini, of Manchester United, in the Sunday clash.

Hackett said Wilshere shut “cut the arrogant bit” from his play and he said Premier League official Mike Dean could have no excuse - he should have send the England player off.