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Fletcher: I would never dive

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Scotland skipper Darren Fletcher has vowed never to resort to simulation to win a match - even if it could mean the difference between qualifying for the World Cup and not.

The issue of diving has dominated the headlines since Arsenal striker Eduardo earned a dubious penalty against Celtic to help the Gunners book their place in the group stages of the Champions League. And the debate continued north of the border after Celtic's Aiden McGeady was dismissed for diving during their Clydesdale Bank Premier League victory over Hibernian.

Fletcher is adamant that honesty is always the best policy, regardless of the outcome. "I'd play honestly every time I play," said the Manchester United midfielder.

"Sometimes a keeper can obstruct you and you stumble and fall and there is a difference between that and diving.

"That's where there is not a clear, defined line about how the referee perceives it.

"But if he doesn't touch me, I'm not going down. That's just the way it is."

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