Mourinho Joins Fight Against Diving

Jose-MourinhoJose Mourinho says Arjen Robben sometimes tries to ‘get an advantage’ and has called for video technology to be introduced to help referees.

The topic of diving has resurfaced as a major talking point this week after Robben was accused of going to the ground too easily to win the Netherlands a penalty in their World Cup match against Mexico.

Mourinho knows Robben from his first stint in charge of Chelsea, and is aware that occasionally, he will looks for a penalty, or free-kick, but feels the Dutchman is also fouled a lot, due to his exceptional ability.

The Blues boss would like players to be more honest, but thinks the solution is to allow the officials to use replays to make decisions, which would prevent mistakes.

Mourinho said: “He was my player, and I know better than many, what a fantastic player he is.

“I also know that because of his speed and his creativity, he is punished a lot with fouls by opponents who cannot stop him.

“I also know that sometimes he tries to get an advantage a free-kick or he tries to get a penalty.

“I think it’s important for the players to help the referees by being honest on the pitch, and try to win the right way.

“But the reality is that not every player behaves that way, and referees have a difficult job.”

Mourinho has sympathy for officials and believes they would welcome the chance to use technology and get more decisions correct.-Skysports

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