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Ashley Young: 'Blame refs for my diving'

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Manchester United midfielder Ashley Young has refused to apologise for his continual diving this season, even though he's been on the end of more than one telling off from David Moyes.

According to the Metro the under-performing winger, who has been largely ostracised this campaign for his tendency to go to ground too easily, has defended his behaviour and opted to blame football officials rather than himself.

Young confirmed that both current boss Moyes and previous manager Sir Alex Ferguson had spoken to him concerning diving, but then went on to suggest that he had nothing to make excuses for.

"It (diving) has been talked about (with Moyes), yes," Young said.

"It’s been talked about obviously, by the previous manager and the current manager, but that’s in house. I’m not going to comment on what’s been said."

The 28-year-old also then sensationally chose to put the blame at the feet of the referees have awarded his team free-kicks and penalties this season as a result of his actions.

Dives against the likes of Crystal Palace and Real Sociedad this term have put Young in hot water, but the Englishman has insisted the blame lies with the officials.

"But I think it’s one to ask the referees – they are the ones who are giving free-kicks and penalties," he continued.

"I remember getting booked against Palace and then won a penalty (later in the game). Against Real Sociedad, it was another penalty that was given.

"Referees have tough decisions to make, they have a tough, tough time out there making decisions, but they have made the right decisions I think."

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