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Robben and Wenger have war of words in latest Champions League diving debate

Mar 12, 2014, 8:04 AM EST

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Some will brand it a bit of self-fulfilling prophesy, but another drawn penalty kick from Bayern Munich’s Arjen Robben has Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger seeing red.

Wenger was critical of the “diving” Robben for the second straight match after the Dutch attacker fell to the turf after Laurent Koscielny appeared to step on his back foot inside the box.

And it was Wenger who used his prematch commentary to criticize UEFA’s choice to use a referee from Norway as well as a perceived past bias against his club from officials in Europe.

While he didn’t double down on criticizing the official, he chose to rip into Robben.

“Robben is very good at getting the maximum of nothing. He is a great player and a very good diver.

“He is a fantastic player, I would not deny that, he’s one of the best players in the world.

“But he gets in front of a player and then he slows down and goes down. He gets the free-kicks.”

The second leg finished 1-1 (3-1 on aggregate), and Wenger was critical of Robben while Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola was hailing his side’s heroics in possession.

For his part, Robben pulled no punches.

“If you lose, don’t start complaining about silly things,” he said. “It was two penalties. I don’t want to defend myself. From a big manager, you expect a little bit more if you lose.”

In the interest of humor, a Getty photographer caption (intentionally or not) of the above photo captioned the image “Arjen Robben of Bayern Muenchen in action.” In action. Classic.

  1. mlsconvert88888 - Mar 12, 2014 at 11:50 AM

    I support public shaming of divers.

    • Comrade23 - Mar 12, 2014 at 11:57 AM

      I approve this message.

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