Arjen Robben admits diving during Mexico v Netherlands victory
Dutchman guilty of simulation during World Cup clash although denies simulation for last-minute penalty decision
June 30th, 2014
Arjen Robben has been one of the outstanding players of the 2014 World Cup, although the Bayern Munich star is in the spotlight following the Netherlands’ dramatic 2-1 victory against a Mexico side who feel aggrieved by the referee’s decision making.
Robben was apparently felled by Rafael Marquez in the 90th minute of the last sixteen clash, with the referee pointing to the penalty spot which saw Klaas-Jan Huntelaar convert the spot kick and ensure the Dutch went into the quarter finals.
However, the winger has now courted controversy by owning up to diving, even if he insists that the foul for the penalty was a genuine one and no simulation occurred.
However Robben said in quotes attributed to Dutch television channel NOS: “The one at the end was a penalty, I was fouled. At the same time I have to apologise in the first half I took a dive and I really shouldn’t do that. That was a stupid, stupid thing to do but sometimes you’re expecting to be struck and then they pull their leg away at the last minute.”
Mexico coach Miguel Herrera was fuming and felt as though action should have been taken earlier against the player. “Robben did three dives and he should have been cautioned,” said Herrera. “You should caution a guy who is trying to cheat and then if Robben did it again he would be sent off.”
“Out of the four matches here, in all of them the refereeing was disastrous,” he said. “Robben did three dives and he should have been cautioned. You should caution a guy who is trying to cheat, and then if Robben did it again he would be sent off. And why did Fifa choose a referee from the same confederation as Holland instead of one from South America, Asia or Africa?
“The doubtful decisions were always against us. We have to say it in capital letters, in three matches we had horrible refereeing. The man with the whistle knocked us. I want the referee committee to take a look and that the referee goes home just like us.”