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Arjen Robben admits diving during World Cup

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Arjen Robben has apologised for diving during The Netherlands' last 16 victory against Mexico, but denies using simulation to earn his team's crucial stoppage time penalty.

Substitute Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, scored the game-winning penalty in added time, after Robben had been brought down by Mexico captain, Rafael Marquez.

Mexico coach Miguel Herrera was furious at full time, and accused Robben of diving three times throughout the game, but the in-form forward told Dutch television: "I have to apologise. In the first half I took a dive.

But Robben defended himself, claiming: "The one at the end was a penalty."

Herrera was incensed with Robben's persistent diving, insisting that "Robben dived three times."

He added: "You should caution a guy who is trying to cheat, and then if Robben did it again he would be sent off."

Herrera's anger then moved onto FIFA rather than Robben, the Mexico coach said: "Why did FIFA choose a referee from the same confederation as the Netherlands instead of one from South America, Asia or Africa"

"The doubtful decisions were always against us. In three matches we had horrible refereeing. The man with the whistle knocked us out. I want the referee committee to take a look and that the referee goes home, just like us."

This isn't the first time Robben has been at the centre of a diving controversy, and there's a good chance it won't be the last, but the forward has arguably been in the form of his life throughout this World Cup and will be hoping to help his Dutch side progress even further.

Robben has been key so far for Netherlands scoring three goals and adding two assists already in the tournament. 

The Netherlands will face Costa Rica in the Quarter Finals and will be cautious of the South American side who have already completed upsets against Uruguay and Italy. 

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