|Monday, 01 October 2012 12:12|
LONDON: Sergio 'Kun' Aguero accused Premier League referees of anti-foreigner bias when it comes to spotting divers, reported Daily Mail.
The Manchester City star striker is convinced that imports are more likely to get a raw deal over penalty appeals.
"We just play our game and the referee’s job is to know who is tricking him and who is not," said Aguero.
"There is a little bit of privilege with players who come from this country. Here in England, there are almost as many foreign players as English players and it’s not right that some have a privilege that others don’t.
"If they do, it’s not good for anyone."
Aguero (pic) spoke out after City teammates Carlos Tevez and Pablo Zabaleta were denied penalties by referee Mark Halsey in Saturday’s 2-1 win at Fulham.
However, Halsey did point to the spot after judging John Arne Riise was fouled by Zabaleta — a decision which also angered the City camp, who felt that he went down far too easily.
"I try not to get involved with problems involving referees. There will always be mistakes for any team and here he got the decision (on the Fulham penalty) wrong," said Aguero.
There was also another diving row on Saturday involving Chelsea — 10 days after Stoke manager Tony Pulis reacted angrily when Branislav Ivanovic escaped punishment for going to ground.
This time Chelsea’s Roberto Di Matteo was forced to defend David Luiz, who was booked for a dive at Arsenal.
Home manager Arsene Wenger insisted: "It is the job of referees to stop them. It’s not my job. The referees have to punish them.
"They did it, but it took some time for them to do it."
Di Matteo insisted he did not approve of diving or encourage it.
"I am against diving, absolutely,’ said the Chelsea boss. "It’s something we should eradicate from the game. It’s probably not easy but if there’s anything that can be done we are for it. It’s probably complicated.
"We’ve been trying to get goal-line video technology introduced and it has taken years."
He also suspects Chelsea are already suffering a backlash from this reputation for diving, having been denied penalties against Juventus and Queens Park Rangers.
Fernando Torres had a strong claim for a penalty ignored at the Emirates, where the most blatant dive of the day was committed by Carl Jenkinson.
The young Arsenal fullback threw himself down as he ran past Ashley Cole in the second half, trying to thrust a foot towards the Chelsea defender as he did so.
"To be prejudiced on players is wrong,’ said Di Matteo. "We haven’t been given penalties at QPR and probably one against Juventus.
"David Luiz went down but he didn’t appeal for anything. Sometimes they happen, sometimes they don’t, but he wasn’t appealing for anything."