Costa Rica Coach Wary of Robben’s Diving Antics

Costa Rica coach Jorge Luis Pinto says the Netherlands midfielder Arjen Robben must not go unpunished, should he dive during Saturday’s World Cup quarter-final in Salvador.

The Bayern Munich winger apologised for diving during the second round win over Mexico last Sunday.

“I would like to ask Fifa and the referees to watch Robben,” said Pinto. “We’re really worried about his diving. He has admitted doing it.”

Mexico coach Miguel Herrera accused Robben of diving in the wake of his side’s elimination courtesy of a stoppage time Klaas Jan Huntelaar penalty after the 30-year-old forward was brought down.

Arjen Robben Apologised for Diving After the Netherlands' Progress at the Expense of Mexico. Image: Fifa via Getty Image.
Arjen Robben Apologised for Diving After the Netherlands’ Progress at the Expense of Mexico. Image: Fifa via Getty Image.

Robben told Dutch television: “I have to apologise. In the first-half I took a dive. he one at the end was a penalty.”

Fifa took no retrospective action against Robben because it said no rules were broken.

Pinto was quizzed if Robben should be sent off if he dives, and he said: “That may be the most logical solution.

“Maybe he would have to leave the field because he gets two yellow cards for diving,” the coach added.

Fifa has named Uzbekistan referee Ravshan Irmatov for the last-eight clash at the Arena Fonte Nova.

The winner of the match face Argentina or Belgium in the last-four.

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