Noel Whelan has suggested that Newcastle United defender Jetro Willems should be fined by the club for his apparent dive in the League Cup clash against Leicester City.
The former Leeds United striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, says that the Dutch international should be “embarrassed” for his actions at St James’ Park on Wednesday, having tumbled to the floor in dramatic fashion just before Yoshinori Muto’s goal.
The defender threw his arms in the air before falling to the ground under a Leicester defender’s challenge, Muto sticking the ball in the back of the net moments later.
Whelan says that it was a blatant dive and that he deserves punishment from the club for what he judged to be outright cheating from the left-back.
Asked about the Dutch international’s theatrics, Whelan told Football Insider: “These are the things you look back and you should be embarrassed about as a professional. No one wants to see that. It’s cheating. It’s as simple as that. It’s embarrassing, it’s cheating and it’s bringing the game into disrepute.
“He should be fined by the club. Instead of other people bringing it to light, questioning and analysing it, how about the club do something about it? How about they look at it and fine him, because really it shouldn’t be down to us.
“This way it shows him you can’t do things like this in the Premier League, there’s no place for it.”
Willems signed for Newcastle from German outfit Eintracht Frankfurt on a season-long loan over the summer, bringing competition to the likes of Paul Dummett and Javier Manquillo on the left-hand side of the defence.
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