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Dejan Lovren takes a dive

The Toe Poke
ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Chelsea boss Mourinho 'hates' diving

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has said he "hates" diving and has urged the game's governing bodies to take action in order to stamp the offence out.

Lythell: Mourinho faced with Mata-Oscar conundrum

Mourinho was strongly critical of Jan Vertonghen for his part in Fernando Torres' dismissal in their 1-1 draw at White Hart Lane last weekend, saying the defender "pretended" that contact had been made with the striker.

The Portuguese has managed players who have had a reputation for simulation, such as Didier Drogba and Arjen Robben, but he insists he would chastise any of his current crop that were guilty of doing the same.

"I have told the players many times, I hate it. It is very bad," Mourinho said in the Telegraph. "And the search of a red card for another player is a disgrace.

"I haven’t dropped a player because of it, but being strong and critical, I did it, yes. I spoke about it with Drogba and Robben.

"I am not saying I will drop someone. Maybe the player is very important for me and makes a mistake and maybe I don’t drop him. But I will strongly criticise him, yes. And if one day I win the game where I feel one of my players didn’t behave correctly, I will say it.

"In some countries if you don’t do it you become like the naive one because others do. But you could see for example in the Champions League this week, what happened in Glasgow and Amsterdam. And for me that is fairly sad."

Mourinho added that he wants to see tougher action handed out by the likes of the Football Association to players who are caught trying to buy a foul.

He said: "It's up to the football authorities. Again, I am nobody, I just give my little opinion. Next week they will go again [if no action is taken]. It’s about priorities."


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