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Herrera Wants Ref Sent Home; Robben Admits to Diving
Associated Press, June 30th, 2014 11:55AM

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Mexico coach Miguel Herrera claims that Portuguese referee Pedro Proenca should be sent packing from Brazil along with his team after two late goals -- including one questionable penalty decision—from the Dutch ended Mexico’s World Cup quest at the round of 16 stage for the sixth consecutive tournament.

''The boys are very sad. It was really very painful to go out this way,'' Herrera said after the game. ''We were eliminated because of an invented penalty. We are going home now and so should the referee."

Meanwhile, Dutch forward Arjen Robben, who controversially won the penalty in the 93rd minute that turned out to be the game winner, admitted that he dived several times during the game -- but he maintains he was fouled on the decisive penalty.

In an interview with Dutch TV channel NOS, the Bayern Munich winger said: "The one at the end was a penalty, I was fouled. At the same time, I have to apologize as in the first half I took a dive and I really shouldn't do that.” He added: “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."

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2 comments
  1. M B
    commented on: June 30, 2014 at 12:34 p.m.
    Well, then. He admitted to diving during the match. Good. This is easy. His tournament is over. His national team career is over. Cheating is unacceptable. Adios Robben. FIFA and UEFA must now ban him forever from being allowed in an Oranje shirt for a competitive Netherlands match. Only this will then send the right shockwaves of force & discipline through to the other players. Do this also with about 10 - 20 other players...and then problem is solved for the next 3 - 4 years. Why not? The integrity of the game and the welfare of the fan are what is most important. Not these bratty sissy, metrosexual over-egoed whimp millionaires.

  1. Tim Gibson
    commented on: June 30, 2014 at 1:15 p.m.
    Sounds good, but then what should be done about the disgusting chant the Mexican supporters use which even the teams coaching staff admits it can't control? Perhaps a ban should be enforced as well?


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