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Di Matteo defends Luiz over diving

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Luiz not a diver, says Di Matteo. (©GettyImages)
Luiz not a diver, says Di Matteo. (©GettyImages).

Chelsea defender David Luiz has received backing from manager Roberto Di Matteo following allegations of diving in the weekend victory against Arsenal.

The 25-year-old Brazilian was booked in Saturday's 2-1 triumph at the Emirates Stadium, for simulation, after appearing to dive for an attempted penalty.

In the aftermath of the Premier League encounter, the Blues boss moved quickly to defend his player, just one week after a similar controversy involving another of Stamford Bridge's South American contingent, Oscar, against Stoke City.

Di Matteo said that his Chelsea players were gaining an unfair reputation for diving, insisting it is not in their nature to cheat referees, and that it is something that shouldn't be tolerated by any club.

"David Luiz went down but he didn't appeal for anything," said Di Matteo. "Sometimes they happen, sometimes they don't but he wasn't appealing for anything.

"I am against diving, absolutely. 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. We've been trying to get goal-line video technology introduced and it has taken years."

Luiz has made 37 appearances for Chelsea since his €25million move from Portuguese giants Benfica in January 2011, and recently signed a new five-year deal with the club - reward for his impressive performances over the past 18 months.

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