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Hollins blasts hot air

Chelsea legend John Hollins has blasted striker Didier Drogba for claiming he tried to get Jonathan Greening sent off.

The Ivorian went to ground theatrically under Greening's challenge during the 2-1 victory at West Brom yesterday but referee Mark Halsey waved play on with replays suggesting Drogba had made the most of it.

Dutchman Arjen Robben had earlier been sent off for a two-footed tackle on the same man and managers Jose Mourinho and Bryan Robson were involved in several angry exchanges.

But Hollins had few doubts about Drogba's actions, which sparked furious accusations of cheating by Robson, and urged him to follow the example of English team-mates John Terry and Frank Lampard.

"He does do it quite a lot," he told BBC Radio 5 Live's Sportsweek show. "The strangest thing is, you have got two players in that side - John Terry and Frank Lampard - who play every single game committed, get into people, tackle people, score goals, stop goals, and they play every week.

"They are very rarely booked for anything, and yet the guys around them let them down because they give you a bad name.

"Just on that one alone, I actually saw it coming. All the guy was doing was trying to walk past him, and that's disgraceful. He's trying to get somebody sent off."

Halsey's colleague Rob Styles admitted on the same programme the decision to book a player for diving is a big one, and one about which a referee has to be absolutely certain.

"It's among the toughest, and the reason for that is nobody in life wants to be accused of cheating," he said. "The one thing referees will never want is their impartiality being called into question.

"We don't want to be called cheats, and for a referee to caution a player on the field for simulation, you are actually in your opinion branding him a cheat.

"To do that, you have to be absolutely convinced. There can be no margin, no element of doubt."

Referees' chief Keith Hackett predicted possible trouble for both clubs after the touchline sparring and the way in which both sets of players reacted to some of Halsey's decisions as a stormy encounter unfolded.

The match official's report will be considered by the Football Association, but fines of up to £250,000 could be imposed if they feel the rules were broken.

"Where players are aggressive towards the referee, where they surround the referee, there is quite a punitive fine process," he said.

"Clubs can be fined up to £250,000 for that course of action by their players."

The ongoing debate over cheating in the game is one in which UEFA is heavily involved, and chief executive Lars-Christer Olsson admits radical options are being considered.

"There have been discussions in the past whether there should be tests at least with having two referees, for example," he said.

"There have been some tests which have not been very successful because the communication between the referees becomes difficult, but in some other sports, they have more referees on and around the pitch.

"That could also be an option for football, but this is something which has to be investigated and tested.

"We have not foreseen any tests in the future, but that is one of the matters which has come up on the agenda in the discussions with clubs, how we together should address this way of behaving."
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Wow, being blasted by his own.

Discontent at the Chelscum. :D
 

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Save the crap about following the example of the English players. Terry went down like he'd been shot to win a pen against us at Stamford Bridge earlier this season.
 

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Greening was lucky not to go for his tackle on Makelele; if Robbens was a red, so was that!
 

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Not just that, too many tackles like or worse than Robben's gone unnoticed. Example, Trevor Sinclair's tackle last night.
 

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If you saw the Walwock tackle on Makalele, Walworck made no contact with Makalele's front leg, but it was his standing leg that he made contact with. This was a yellwo card at moswt, yet all the Chleski players wanted a red.

Drogba is a disgrace and spends more time diving than anybody else in the team (including Cech)
 

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Ask him about Francis Lee or George Best and he'll say how great they were and how brilliant they were at getting freekicks and penalties.

EVERYONE dives, I dive when I play. There's only one time when people don't dive when playing football and that is playground football. Even then the only reason kids don't dive is because there's no ref so you get the shit kicked out of you if you fall on the floor.

Diving is skilfull, enjoyable, and universal skill of football. Diving :thumbsup:
 
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