Arjen Robben admits to diving in win over Mexico
It was the turning point of the Netherlands' dramatic comeback over Mexico in the Round of 16 at the FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
In stoppage time, Arjen Robben appeared to be clipped be Mexico's Rafael Marquez. Next thing, Robben's arms were thrown back and his facial expression seemed to indicate he'd been maimed.
According to Mexican coach Miguel Herrera, it was the third time Robben had taken flight during the contest.
The Dutchman is now apologizing for at least one of the first-half incidents.
“The one at the end was a clear penalty," Robben told Dutch Television, "but I have to admit there was an incident in the first half where I did dive. I must apologize. I should not be doing that.”
Meanwhile, Herrera thinks Robben should have been handed two yellow cards and thus kicked out of the match before the final incident even took place.
“If the referee is fair, their second goal would not exist and Robben would be ejected,” Herrera said. “When a ref makes up a call like that,” Herrera said. “We’re going to go home. I hope the ref committee sees and he goes home like us.”
Herrera, who has become an internet sensation for his boisterous goal celebrations, was fuming after the match. He was caught on camera berating Dutch striker Robin van Persie in a handshake line.
As if things weren't bad enough for Mexican fans, this supporter couldn't have picked a more inauspicious time to propose to his girlfriend. Hopefully she said, "yes."
With files from The Associated Press