Arsene Wenger joined in the debate over diving in the Premier League and dismissed Sergio Aguero’s claims that foreigners get treated differently to their British counterparts by Premier League referees.
The Arsenal boss insisted that reputations are responsible for not getting certain decisions and claimed that divers only have themselves to blame, disagreeing with the Manchester City striker’s view.
“That is a statement where I leave complete responsibility to him (Aguero),” he is quoted as saying in The Mirror.
“I don't think so, the players are sometimes a victim of what they have done before and when they get a reputation they sometimes they might not get penalties that are penalties.
“When the referee sees a dive they are of course harder with the same players and that is a consequence as well. I don't like to go into a nationalistic way of refereeing.”
Wenger also took a shot at Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson and his claims that the influx of foreign players had brought regular simulation into the English game.
The Gunners manager suggested a number of English players had learned the art well enough, perhaps a nod to the storm that surrounded Old Trafford winger Ashley Young last season and accusations of him diving for penalties.
“People said foreign players brought the diving in, but I think English players learned very quickly,” he added.
“You just want the referee to make the right decisions no matter where you come from.”