Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino appeared to condone diving in a shock reaction to the Dele Alli diving controversy from the Premier League clash with Liverpool.
Speaking in a press conference, as quoted by The Sun, the Argentine stated that he thinks diving is a minimal issue and that fans are over thinking it, and that it used to be celebrated.
“I am worried that maybe we are going to kill the game. Football is about trying to trick your opponent.
“There is such a focus on this type of situation. I think it’s a minimal issue.”
Dele Alli is a prime example of Spurs players diving, as the young England international has picked up three cards for simulation in as many seasons, including one last weekend versus Liverpool.
There was another huge controversy during that fixture, as many fans believed Harry Kane to have dived in order to win their first penalty.
That was much harder to call though, with replays indicating that the Liverpool goalkeeper had made some contact.
However, Pochettino believes that simulation and tricking the referee is something that used to be celebrated by players.
“Twenty years ago it was like all congratulate the player when he tricks the referee like this.”
Last season in the Premier League, Spurs were awarded the third highest amount of penalty kicks with nine, while conceding the joint bottom, with two.
In other Tottenham news, Pochettino has confirmed that he will be rotating his squad versus Newport county this evening.

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