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Arjen Robben apologises for diving against Mexico

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Arjen Robben has insisted that he was fouled for the 94th minute penalty which led to The Netherlands' 2-1 win over Mexico in the World Cup, but did apologise for diving earlier on in the match.

Mexico boss Miguel Herrera accused the Dutch winger of committing three dives during Sunday's Round of 16 tie in Fortaleza which saw the Netherlands progress to the quarter-finals.

The Mexican coach also accused FIFA of appointing a referee from the same continent as Holland - Portugal's Pedro Proenca - and went on to claim his side had been victims of bad refereeing in their group matches against Cameroon and Croatia as well.

Herrera fumes

According to Sky Sports, he told a news conference: "Out of the four matches here, in all of them, the refereeing was disastrous.

"Robben did three dives and he should have been cautioned. You should caution a guy who is trying to cheat, and then if Robben did it again, he would be sent off.

"And why did FIFA choose a referee from the same confederation as Holland instead of one from South America, Asia or Africa?

"The doubtful decisions were always against us. We have to say it in capital letters, in three matches we had horrible refereeing. The man with the whistle knocked us.

"I want the referee committee to take a look and that the referee goes home just like us."

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Robben's admission

However, in an interview with Dutch television channel NOS, Robben said: "The one at the end was a penalty, I was fouled.

"At the same time, I have to apologise as in the first half I took a dive and I really shouldn't do that.

"That was a stupid, stupid thing to do but sometimes you're expecting to be struck and then they pull their leg away at the last minute."

Potential punishments

The Netherlands have set-up a favourable quarter-final tie against Costa Rica, but with many calling for Robben to be punished after admitting to his wrong-doings, the Bayern Munich player may miss the game, or even the rest of the World Cup should FIFA deem his admission to be worthy of making an example.

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