Noel Whelan has slammed Wolves defender Conor Coady for “cheating” against Liverpool on Sunday night.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former Premier League forward admitted he was surprised to see the Wolves captain go to ground so easily.
The 27-year-old fell despite Sadio Mane pulling out of a bicycle kick clearance from a corner and was awarded a penalty by referee Craig Pawson.
However, after looking at the incident on the pitchside monitor Pawson changed his mind and awarded a free-kick to Liverpool for Coady‘s dive.
And Whelan was left fuming that the England international had attempted to con the officials.
He told Football Insider: “This is what we’re talking about, we’re all sitting in our living rooms complaining when we see these big six-foot-tall players going down with no contact. It’s cheating at the end of the day.
“Maybe I’m old school because when I was playing you had to get really smashed to go down, even so, you’d have pride and want to stay on your feet.
“The game has changed now, I think people are trying to cheat the game with diving because as soon as they feel any kind of contact they go down and nobody wants to see that in the game, you just don’t.
“You don’t expect it from Conor Coady because he’s a very honest centre-half. He plays a physical game so for him to go down that way, he’s going to get up in the morning and not be too pleased with himself.”
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