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Newcastle lout Barry Rogerson admits punching Bud the horse but claims the spooked animal "charged at him" during derby rampage

Newcastle lout who punched horse apologises and says he loves animals

By
John Drayton

PUBLISHED:

06:07 GMT, 17 April 2013

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UPDATED:

07:00 GMT, 17 April 2013

The Newcastle lout who punched a police horse during ugly scenes after the Tyne-Wear derby insisted he was an animal lover who was acting self-defence.

Shamed Barry Rogerson said he was living in fear after his name and address were posted on the internet by animal rights activists.

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Horse boxer: This Newcastle-supporting lout squares up to Bud

Horse boxer: This Newcastle-supporting lout squares up to Bud

I'm an animal lover': Barry Rogerson with his dog who says he panicked when the 'charged' towards him

I'm an animal lover': Barry Rogerson with his dog who says he panicked when the 'charged' towards him

Not horsing around: Bud, the horse that was attacked, pictured in the paddock on Monday

Not horsing around: Bud, the horse that was attacked, pictured in the paddock on Monday

Rogerson was pictured aiming a right
hook at the Shire-cross, named Bud, as Newcastle fans ran amok after
losing 3-0 at home to bitter rivals Sunderland on Sunday.

But the 45-year-old, who lives near Morpeth, Northumberland, claimed the footage, posted on YouTube, gave the wrong impression.

Rogerson said he had pulled a scarf over his face because a filling had fallen out of a front tooth.

And he only hit out in panic after the horse was spooked by a firecracker and charged at him.

Pitched battles: Police try to hold back Newcastle fans attempting to break through their lines

Pitched battles: Police try to hold back Newcastle fans attempting to break through their lines

Charge: Mounted officers try to hold back rioting fans

Charge: Mounted officers try to hold back rioting fans

Derby day violence in Newcastle

Rogerson,
living on disability benefits after quitting a factory job in 2005
because of a lung condition, told The Sun: 'It all happened so quickly. I
had just left the pub after the match and I walked straight into the
middle of it.

'The horse was spooked by a fire cracker and charged at me.

'At
first I tried to get him away from me with my left hand and then I
punched him with my right. It was sheer panic. I believe it made contact
with the horse.

'It was an instant reaction. The horse just came towards me and I reacted stupidly.

'I apologise for it — I did not actually go out to attack a horse. I love animals. I have got three dogs and a fishpond.

VIDEO: Newcastle lout punches horse after the game

Rioting in Newcastle after Geordies lose Tyne-Wear derby 3-0

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Sergio Aguero apologises for stamp on David Luiz

Aguero apologises to Luiz for two-footed stamp in FA Cup semi-final win over Chelsea

By
Laurie Whitwell

PUBLISHED:

21:35 GMT, 16 April 2013

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UPDATED:

00:27 GMT, 17 April 2013

Sergio Aguero has apologised to David Luiz for his two-footed stamp on the Brazilian defender during Manchester City’s FA Cup semi-final win over Chelsea.

The Argentine escaped a three-match ban after Chris Foy missed the horror tackle and the FA ruled the incident could not be re-refereed.

Influential: Sergio Aguero played a key role in Manchester City reaching thee FA Cup final

Influential: Sergio Aguero played a key role in Manchester City reaching thee FA Cup final

Luiz had called on Aguero to say
sorry and the striker tweeted: ‘I’ve contacted @DavidLuiz_4 and
apologised for what happened during the match. It was an impulse
reaction that shouldn’t have happened.’

The victim responded: ‘Thank you
@aguerosergiokun for a demonstration of character. We get to know great
man and athletes this way.’

Luiz suffered no serious harm in the
challenge and played on until the end of the match – but in the
aftermath did call on his fellow South American to apologise.

Over the top: But Aguero has apologised to David Luiz

Over the top: But Aguero has apologised to David Luiz

The defender said: 'Aguero is a great player but he needs to be honest with himself and say, “I don't like to do bad tackles”.

'Kids see the game and they want to
see the good things and not the bad – I would apologise. Football is
beautiful, but sometimes in games people have five seconds like that – I
forgive him because I have a good heart. I don't like to beat people.

'Sometimes in a game people have five
seconds when they are angry and do things they don't like to do. I
think it was that. I never saw Aguero do a bad tackle on other players.'

City won 2-1 after goals from Samir Nasri and Aguero when only Demba Ba could score for Chelsea.

Laudrup fumes as Dean plays on while Michu"s out cold

Laudrup fumes as Dean plays on with Michu out cold

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UPDATED:

22:22 GMT, 16 December 2012

Michael Laudrup has demanded an explanation from referee Mike Dean after the official made the decision to play on despite a possible head injury to Michu.

The Swansea manager reacted angrily when a collision with Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris left Michu motionless on the pitch.

That sparked a chain reaction from both dug-outs as Andros Townsend was able to continue running through on goal.

Angry: Swansea manager Michael Laudrup (third from left) was unhappy with Mike Dean failing to stop the game when striker Michu suffered a head injury

Angry: Swansea manager Michael Laudrup (third from left) was unhappy with Mike Dean failing to stop the game when striker Michu suffered a head injury

‘I was very angry,’ confirmed Laudrup. ‘I was not wanting a free-kick or red card for Lloris. Sometimes teams say we have a referee and linesman and we go on until they whistle.

‘But, when possible head injuries happen like this one, there is no doubt. When Michu goes down, the referee and linesman are watching and still they let the game go on.

'It would be nice to hear his explanation. And the linesman as well. They both have to be blamed for this one.’

Lloris sprinted from his goal to punch the ball clear when Swansea were pushing for a late equaliser and met Michu running in the other direction.

Laudrup knew it was serious as soon as he saw the forward go down.

Collision: Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris (yellow) clashes with Michu in the 1-0 Tottenham win (yellow) clashed with Michu in the first half of the match

Collision: Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris (yellow) clashes with Michu, who needed treatment but did finish the match

Play continued with Michu on the floor causing a scuffle to break out between Swansea's Chico Flores (left) and Tottenham's Kyle Walker

Play continued with Michu on the floor, before a scuffle brok out between Swansea's Chico Flores (left) and Tottenham's Kyle Walker

He added: ‘When I saw him go down I said, “He’s unconscious.” You can’t fake that.’

Arguments broke out and Kyle Walker appeared to strike Chico Flores in the face with his hand.

Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas agreed with Laudrup, saying: ‘I was expecting the referee to stop the game. It was a difficult decision for Mike because Townsend was running through on goal, but the health of a player is more important.

‘The ref has to stop the game. To be fair, we jumped straight away to try to get it stopped.’

John Mikel Obi happy to play in game with Mark Clattenburg as referee

Everything is put to bed and we move on! Banned Mikel to make peace with ref Clattenburg

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UPDATED:

22:43 GMT, 13 December 2012

John Mikel Obi has revealed he would be happy to play in a game refereed by Mark Clattenburg.

Mikel is serving a three-match domestic ban for his angry reaction to allegations that Clattenburg had racially abused him during a game against Manchester United at Stamford Bridge in October.

The 25-year-old Nigerian burst into the referees' room after team-mate Ramires told him what he thought he heard, but the accusations were quickly dismissed once they were investigated by the FA.

Suspended: Mikel was slapped with a three-game domestic ban by the FA

Suspended: Mikel was slapped with a three-game domestic ban by the FA

Clattenburg, who did not referee for a month while the FA looked into the incident, is back in action and is scheduled to be fourth official when Reading host Arsenal on Monday.

'Everything is put to bed and we move on,' said Mikel.

'If he refereed a game there would certainly be no problem. I think now it is done I am glad it is over. I am sure he is glad it is over as well, and the FA is glad it is all put to bed. We can move on from here.'

Row: But the Chelsea midfielder revealed he would be happy to play in a game refereed by Mark Clattenburg

Row: But the Chelsea midfielder revealed he would be happy to play in a game refereed by Mark Clattenburg

Mikel served the first game of his ban at Sunderland on Saturday but is able to play in the Club World Cup.

He will miss the Capital One Cup quarter-final against Leeds on Wednesday and the Barclays Premier League game at home to Aston Villa four days later.

Mikel's team-mate Fernando Torres insists Rafa Benitez has improved Chelsea, making the team more compact and more cohesive since replacing Roberto Di Matteo last month.

The interim manager also has Torres scoring. He grabbed his fifth goal in three games as the Blues won 3-1 against Mexican side Monterrey in the Club World Cup semi-final in Yokohama.

Benitez insisted his striker's improvement was nothing to do with him but Torres said: 'As a team we're getting better and coming together as one unit, working better both defensively and offensively.

'We have had a hard time this season but since Rafa Benitez came in as a coach it is coming together and we are showing more determination.

'As a team we're getting better and individually I feel much better now, scoring consistently. Hopefully I can score again on Sunday (when Chelsea take on Corinthians in the final).'

Torres said: 'It is a very important tournament, especially for the South Americans. It is their childhood dream and we Europeans must learn to treat the tournament in the same way.'

Chelsea on alert as Hulk casts doubt over Zenit future with strop at late substitution

Don't make him angry! One-time Chelsea target Hulk casts doubt over Zenit future with strop at late substitution

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UPDATED:

00:25 GMT, 5 December 2012

They say you shouldn't make Hulk mad for fear he might turn green and rip his clothes off.

But that was the risk Zenit St Petersburg manager Luciano Spalletti took during his side's Champions League win over AC Milan. And it could spell the end of a desperately disappointing stint in Russia for the Brazilian.

The powerful striker was substituted with 10 minutes left at the San Siro but greeted his boss' decision with a monstrous strop which left Spalletti fuming.

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Temper temper: Hulk refused his manager's handshake and then gestured angrily towards him after being substituted late on in Zenit's win at AC Milan

Temper temper: Hulk refused his manager's handshake and then gestured angrily towards him after being substituted late on in Zenit's win at AC Milan

Temper temper: Hulk refused his manager's handshake and then gestured angrily towards him after being substituted late on in Zenit's win at AC Milan

After first ignoring his manager's offer a handshake, Hulk then made a crossing action with his arm repeatedly, suggesting that he would not tolerate any more at the club.

Spalletti responded with a cutting stare, shake of the head and finger waving while the player continued his protests.

And afterwards, the player said: 'If situation with Spalletti is not solved, in January I will leave .'

Hulk has endured a torrid time at Zenit since his 39.5million switch from Porto in September.

His arrival sparked an angry reaction from the first team squad, angry at the wages being lavished upon the 26-year-old. So unpopular was the move that captain Igor Denisov went public and earned a demotion to the youth team.

The episode in Italy could reignite Chelsea's interest the player, who was tracked closely by the Premier League giants before he opted for Russia.

Hulk, who also interested Tottenham during the summer, moved to Porto from Japanese side Tokyo Verdy in 2008, grabbing 54 goals in 103 league matches. He has 13 Brazil caps.

Tough times: Hulk is having a torrid spell in Russia since his 39m switch

Tough times: Hulk is having a torrid spell in Russia since his 39m switch

Zenit's 1-0 win secured a place in the Europa League.

Manager Spalletti said: 'The lads played well and deserved to win even though it was a bit of a nervous game. I'm happy to have qualified and happy with tonight's game as in the past two years we haven't won away from home, even when we've played well.

'I'd like to say a huge thank you to our fans tonight, as even I was stunned at the number who were here. Their number and enthusiasm tonight gives us extra responsibility.

'We have to work hard for them as they deserve it. Maybe a draw would have been a fairer result as we had to defend a lot, but we have to be happy, we're through. We'll try to do better.'

A gay footballer would be fine with players but not fans, claims Gareth Southgate

Players would accept a gay footballer but fans might not, says Southgate

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UPDATED:

12:59 GMT, 30 November 2012

Former England defender Gareth Southgate believes Premier League players would accept a gay team-mate in the dressing room — but says supporters would not be so tolerant.

Earlier this week, Manchester United goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard wrote a blog that argued ‘homosexuals are in need of a hero’ to set an example about being open about their sexuality.

In reply Southgate told the BBC: ‘I’m sure there might be some reaction from crowds, but within dressing rooms I think it would be accepted.

No problem: Gareth Southgate says players would not have a problem with a gay footballer - but the fans might

No problem: Gareth Southgate says players would not have a problem with a gay footballer – but the fans might

‘It will take someone who is brave enough to be open and honest,' added former Middlesbrough manager Southgate. 'Players mix with players of different nationalities, races and religions so I don’t see it being an issue in the dressing room.

‘We can’t control the reaction of all supporters, so unfortunately there will always be a adverse reaction to parts of society. But the honest answer is that we don’t know until somebody steps forward.’

Despite sportsmen and women coming out as gay in other sports over the past few years, the only footballer to come out as a homosexual since the late Justin Fashanu in 1990 is Anton Hysen, a Swedish lower league player.

Coming out: Former Norwich star Justin Fashanu was the last top flight player in England to come out as being openly gay

Coming out: Former Norwich star Justin Fashanu was the last top flight player in England to come out as being openly gay

Liverpool star Suso was in trouble this morning for becoming the latest Premier League star to cause controversy.

The 19-year-old Spaniard sparked controversy with his reply to team-mate Jose Enrique posting a bizarre picture of him getting his teeth whitened.

Liverpool’s Suso tweeted: ‘What f*** is he doing This guy is gay… he does everything except play football.’

Last week, Lindegaard wrote in his blog: ‘Homosexuals are in need of a hero. They are in need of someone who dares to stand up for their sexuality. But homosexuality in football is a taboo subject and the atmosphere on the pitch and in the stands is tough.

In search of a hero: Anders Lindegaard believes football needs an openly gay player

In search of a hero: Anders Lindegaard believes football needs an openly gay player

‘As a footballer, I think a homosexual colleague would be afraid of the reception he could get from the fans, but my impression is that the players would not have a problem accepting a homosexual.

‘The problem for me is that a lot of football fans are stuck in a time of intolerance that does not deserve to be compared with modern society’s development in the last decades.

‘While the rest of the world has been more liberal, civilised and less prejudiced, the world of football remains stuck in the past when it comes to tolerance.’

Reading Everton match report:

Reading 2 Everton 1: Le Fondre double secures first Premier League win and lifts Royals out of drop zone

PUBLISHED:

16:51 GMT, 17 November 2012

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UPDATED:

17:24 GMT, 17 November 2012

A second-half brace from Adam Le Fondre gave Reading their first
Barclays Premier League win of the season at the expense of Everton.

David Moyes' side had lost only one in 20 league games heading into the
clash and looked on course to keep their good start to the season on
track as Steven Naismith gave them a half-time lead.

Denied: Everton's Phil Jagielka sees his shot saved by Reading keeper Adam Federici

Denied: Everton's Phil Jagielka sees his shot saved by Reading keeper Adam Federici

Match facts

Reading: Federici, Gunter, Morrison, Gorkss, Shorey, Robson-Kanu, Leigertwood, Tabb, McAnuff, Roberts, Le Fondre (Hunt 81). Subs Not Used: Stuart Taylor, Mariappa, Pogrebnyak, McCleary, Harte, Cummings.

Booked: Roberts, Gorkss, Hunt.

Goals: Le Fondre 51, 79 pen.

Everton: Howard, Coleman, Heitinga, Jagielka, Baines, Naismith (Oviedo 80), Osman, Fellaini, Hitzlsperger (Vellios 82), Pienaar, Jelavic. Subs Not Used: Mucha, Distin, Junior, Kennedy, Duffy.

Booked: Coleman,Fellaini.

Goals: Naismith 10.

Att: 24,184

Ref: Martin Atkinson (W Yorkshire).

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But despite dominating the first 45 minutes Everton could not clinch a second goal and a much-improved Reading made them pay as Le Fondre headed an equaliser before firing in a second from the penalty spot as the Royals picked up their maiden league victory in front of a record crowd at the Madejski Stadium.

Everton came close to opening the scoring inside two minutes as a Thomas Hitzlsperger corner was not dealt with and Phil Jagielka forced a smart reaction save from Adam Federici.

But the Toffees took the lead after 10 minutes after some woeful defending by Reading's back line. A hopeful ball out of defence was not dealt with by Reading on a number of occasions before Kaspars Gorkss' back-header fell straight to Nikica Jelavic.

The Croatia forward looped a cross back into the box which was left by both Gorkss and Sean Morrison, with Naismith taking full advantage to slot the visitors in front.

Adam Le Fondre (2nd R) celebrates with team mates after scoring the first goal for Reading

Line up: Adam Le Fondre (2nd R) celebrates after scoring the first goal for Reading

Cool head: Le Fondre scores the winner from the penalty spot

Cool head: Le Fondre scores the winner from the penalty spot

Reading were almost level immediately as Tim Howard rushed out to clear a long ball but was beaten to it by Le Fondre, who could not keep his effort down as Howard scrambled back towards his goal.

More poor Reading defending almost led to a second Everton goal in the 20th minute.

Right-back Chris Gunter was caught dallying in possession by Steven Pienaar, who then ran at the Royals' defence before firing wide of Federici's right-hand post.

Everton continued to control proceedings without truly creating any clear-cut chances in their search for a second goal.

They continued to turn the screw and Hitzlsperger, making his full Premier League debut for the Blues, hit one of his trademark rockets from outside the box that stung the palms of Federici.

Tricky: Le Fondre beats Everton keeper Tim Howard to the ball but fails to score

Tricky: Le Fondre beats Everton keeper Tim Howard to the ball but fails to score

Slide rule: Jobi McAnuff of Reading tussles with Leighton Baines of Everton

Slide rule: Jobi McAnuff of Reading tussles with Leighton Baines of Everton

On the run: Jason Roberts of Reading turns Phil Jagielka of Everton

On the run: Jason Roberts of Reading turns Phil Jagielka of Everton

The Australia international then denied Leon Osman his fourth goal of the season as he blocked the new England international's close-range effort.

Morrison went some way to redeeming his error-strewn first-half when he blocked a Jelavic effort that seemed destined for the back of the net, although the ball appeared to strike the 21-year-old on the arm with referee Martin Atkinson waving away Everton's penalty appeals.

As half-time approached Everton continued to be frustrated in their quest to find a killer second goal, as captain Jagielka saw his flicked header cleared off the line by Jay Tabb.

Reading came out for the second half much more positively and forced two corners in the opening four minutes.

Le Fondre's equaliser came courtesy of a free-kick from Nicky Shorey after Hitzlsperger had caught Tabb on the left side of the Everton box and the former Rotherham striker was picked out superbly to head Reading level with 51 minutes on the clock.

It was Everton's turn to start looking shaky at the back as Hal Robson-Kanu stole the ball from Seamus Coleman before being upended by Jagielka.

Ouch: Everton's Steven Naismith feels challenge of Reading's Kaspars Gorkass (right)

Ouch: Everton's Steven Naismith feels challenge of Reading's Kaspars Gorkass (right)

First blood: Steven Naismith handed Everton the lead at Reading

First blood: Steven Naismith handed Everton the lead at Reading

Steven Naismith (R) scores the first goal for Everton

Shorey again picked out Le Fondre with the resulting set-piece but this time the 25-year-old could not keep his header down.

The visitors still looked dangerous on the counter-attack and Hitzlsperger should have done better when he was found by Pienaar, but the German looked to fire across goal rather than test Federici.

But it was Reading who continued to press and Le Fondre should have put Brian McDermott's side ahead when he was played through by Jason Roberts before scuffing his effort tamely at Howard.

Everton seemed to come back to life with 25 minutes remaining as the game opened up with both sides looking for a winner.

Hitzlsperger saw a snap volley fly just wide before a Reading counter-attack was scuppered thanks to a superb last-ditch challenge from Coleman.

Reading were then awarded a penalty by Atkinson as Coleman bundled into the back of Le Fondre, who brushed himself off to send Howard the wrong way and put the hosts ahead with a little over 10 minutes remaining. Their lead was nearly wiped out instantly however as Marouane Fellaini headed Leighton Baines' corner against the post, with the loose ball falling straight to Federici.

Reading then saw the game out in relative comfort to secure what could prove to be a vital three points.

Sir Alex Ferguson welcomes Rio Ferdinand racism statement

Rio's done the right thing! Fergie backs Ferdinand statement over racism in football

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UPDATED:

10:51 GMT, 26 October 2012

Sir Alex Ferguson has welcomed the decision of Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand to put out a statement, along with his brother Anton, in which they clarified their position over the issue of racism in the game.

Both players refused to wear T-shirts in support of the Kick It Out anti-racism campaign group prior to their respective clubs' matches, with Rio's decision to boycott the campaign initially drawing an angry reaction from Ferguson.

Good from you: Sir Alex Ferguson is pleased with Rio Ferdinand's statement

Good from you: Sir Alex Ferguson is pleased with Rio Ferdinand's statement

Their joint statement hailed the
'fantastic work' done by Kick It Out, but still expressed their
disappointment at the actions of the FA in relation to its handling of
the John Terry case. The Chelsea defender was given a four-match ban for
racially abusing Anton Ferdinand.

'Rio and Anton have done the right thing with that statement,' Ferguson said. 'It has been bubbling along and the racism issue has not completely gone away. I am sure the PFA are doing their best. The FA, UEFA and FIFA need to do more.'

On Friday, it was revealed that Ashely Cole is ready to end his feud with the Ferdinand family and shake hands with Rio ahead of Chelsea's clash with Manchester United on Sunday.

Boycott: Ferdinand has previously refused to wear Kick It Out campaign T-shirt

Boycott: Ferdinand has previously refused to wear Kick It Out campaign T-shirt

Bury the hatchet: Ashley Cole

Bury the hatchet: Ashley Cole

Cole, who was ignored by Anton before the 0-0 draw with QPR at Loftus Road on September 15, had been considering snubbing Rio at Stamford Bridge.

The Chelsea left back will discuss the issue with manager Roberto Di Matteo before the Barclays Premier League game but it is understood he is ready to move on.

Cole and Rio were close friends before the Chelsea defender agreed to give evidence for team-mate John Terry in his race case involving Anton at Westminster Magistrates Court.

Then Rio was fined 45,000 for his 'choc ice' re-tweet on Twitter, which was judged by an FA disciplinary panel to be an insult to Cole.

Cole has remained silent on the issue but was fined 90,000 after calling the FA a '#BUNCHOFT****' in a tweet when the independent regulatory commission accused him of being an ‘unreliable witness’.

Micah Richards to return to training with Manchester City

Richards boost for Mancini with Man City defender poised to return to training

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UPDATED:

22:09 GMT, 4 October 2012

Micah Richards is almost ready to return to action with Manchester City.

The defender has not played since injuring his ankle playing for Team GB against South Korea during the Olympic Games.

But Richards will take part in
first-team training next week, giving manager Roberto Mancini a lift
going into the international break.

Road to recovery: Richards is set to rejoin his City team-mates in training

Road to recovery: Richards is set to rejoin his City team-mates in training

If there is no adverse reaction, Richards could be in line for a recall against West Bromwich Albion when the Premier League resumes on October 20.

Richards, 24, will have a fight on his hands to regain his right-back slot, with Pablo Zabaleta and Maicon vying for the position. Mancini could also play the England man at centre back.

Roberto di Matteo defends his Chelsea players over diving claims

Di Matteo rages at Chelsea's reputation for diving and claims it cost them decisions

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UPDATED:

21:53 GMT, 30 September 2012

Roberto di Matteo defended his players as diving accusations raged around Barclays Premier League leaders Chelsea for a second successive weekend.

David Luiz was booked for a dive at Arsenal on Saturday and Arsene Wenger rapped: ‘It is the job of referees to stop them. It’s not my job. The referees have to punish them. They did it, but it took some time for them to do it.’

This followed an angry reaction by Tony Pulis after Stoke’s defeat at Stamford Bridge, nine days ago, when Oscar was booked for diving while Branislav Ivanovic escaped punishment for a similar offence.

In the book: Chelsea's David Luiz is given a yellow card for diving by referee Martin Atkinson

In the book: Chelsea's David Luiz is given a yellow card for diving by referee Martin Atkinson

‘The FA should pull people up for diving and give them a three-game ban straight away,' said Pulis, last week. ‘Ivanovic would be looking at three games, Chelsea wouldn’t be too happy with him and I don’t think he would be diving around anymore.’

Di Matteo insisted he did not approve of diving or encourage it. ‘I am against diving, absolutely,’ said the Chelsea manager. ‘It’s something we should eradicate from the game.

‘It’s probably not easy but if there’s anything that can be done then we are for it. It’s probably complicated. We’ve been trying to get goal-line video technology introduced and it has taken years.’

He also suspects Chelsea are already suffering a backlash from this reputation for diving, having been denied penalties against Juventus and Queens Park Rangers.

Fernando Torres had a strong claim for a penalty ignored at the Emirates, where the most blatant dive of the day was committed by Carl Jenkinson.

The young Arsenal full-back threw himself down as he ran past Ashley Cole in the second half, trying to thrust a foot towards the Chelsea defender as he did so. It was proof that it is not only foreigners or wingers looking to trick the officials.

‘To be prejudiced on players is wrong,’ said Di Matteo. ‘We haven’t been given penalties at QPR and probably one against Juventus.

‘David Luiz went down but he didn’t appeal for anything. Sometimes they happen, sometimes they don’t but he wasn’t appealing for anything.’