Arjen Robben feels he is being punished for diving

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Arjen Robben feels he is being singled out by referees after building up a reputation for diving following this summer’s World Cup.

During Bayern Munich’s 2-0 win over 1. FC Köln, Robben fell in the penalty area after being taken down by Daniel Halfar but his appeal was waved away.

The game was already won up until this point but the Dutchman expressed his feelings after the game.

He told Sky television in Germany: “I made a mistake at the World Cup and I owned up to it, but now it seems like I am being punished for it.

“You've always got to be able to look yourself in the mirror and I can do that today - it was a clear penalty and the referee didn't give it.

“I've just got to accept it. It's probably going to happen quite often this season.”

Dive against Mexico:

The Netherlands sealed their place into the quarter-final of the World Cup when Arjen Robben won a penalty in the last minute and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar converted the spot kick.

In the replay, many were bemused to why a penalty had been given and after the game the Bayern winger confessed that he had dived to win the decision.

He tried to plea that there was an incident before this that had been overlooked and that he had in fact, not dived in this situation.

Despite this, Robben’s confession sparked outrage and he is now being carefully watched by officials.

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How to prevent diving

Diving is a major issue in the game that has been overlooked since it is hard for referees to judge whether a player has been fouled or they have exaggerated their fall.

Technology is slowly being integrated into football with goal line technology finally being given the green light last season. But just a simple replay would help make decisions more accurate but this idea is being put off so that football retains its dramatic factor.

Simply, like rugby, referees could consult an official who overlooks the incident from a replay and then this information could be relayed back to them where a more conclusive decision could be made.

Bayern remain on top

The Bundesliga champions extended their lead at the top of the table by two points thanks to goals from Mario Gotze and a Daniel Halsen own goal. This game marked Bayern’s fifth clean sheet in a row.

Borussia Monchengladbach moved up to second and they remain unbeaten after winning away at SC Paderborn 07 who have moved down to seventh following two successive defeats.

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