'There's a lot of hatred towards Tottenham' - Pundit delivers explosive blast amid diving claims
By Richard Parks
Graham Roberts has insisted in the Daily Mail that there is “a lot of hatred towards Tottenham” amid incessant Dele Alli diving accusations.
The England international’s conduct has come under the microscope in the wake of Spurs’ 1-0 Premier League win at Crystal Palace on Sunday.
Alli twice appealed for a penalty after what he felt was contact from Palace in the box but his claims were waved away and he was jeered by the home supporters at Selhurst Park.
The 21-year-old was also criticised by big-name pundits Alan Shearer and Gary Lineker, who dubbed the player ‘Divey Alli’ on Twitter.
Spurs legend Roberts issued a passionate defence of Alli on social media and went even further in a newspaper column as he considered the issue of diving in the modern game.
“There’s much more of it about now and it’s wrong for people to keep digging out Dele Alli,” Roberts told the Mail. “There’s a lot of hatred towards Tottenham and their players. A lot of it comes down to jealousy.
“The first one should have been a penalty when Patrick van Aanholt tripped him and the second one he can’t go anywhere else once he’s knocked it past the goalkeeper.
“He’s got to fall over the goalkeeper. It’s only the way he went down that made some people think it’s a dive.
“Dele is a fantastic player. He’s going to the very top and some people think they need to bring him down to earth. We seem to enjoy knocking our best players in England, I don’t know why.
“Let’s give the boy a chance. He’s a superstar. He can be unplayable when he’s at his best. The manager at Spurs will look after him, he got him through that dodgy spell earlier this season. He’s in good hands, so I’m not worried about him.”
Football Insider verdict:
It is beyond dispute that Alli is a fabulously gifted player, but his penchant for theatrics and falling to ground too easily is deeply unattractive and must be stamped out. Roberts’ defence is well argued but Alli’s antics does his team no favours as they are in danger of losing out on perfectly legitimate penalties and free-kicks because the player can’t be trusted to play the game fairly. Alli is young enough and smart enough to change his ways. It will benefit Spurs and himself if he does.
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