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Bilic was involved in a famous diving incident in the World Cup .

Slaven Bilic says he doesn't mind West Ham players diving occasionally

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Jamie Vardy's 'dive' against West Ham is fast-becoming one of the most talked-about incidents of the season after the Leicester star was sent off for simulation.

Vardy could pay the price with a two-game ban that could severely dent his side's title hopes, but now, one Premier League manager has given a surprisingly lax take on diving.

Ahead of West Ham's game with Watford, Hammers boss Slaven Bilic said:

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"We, as a club, don't want to get that label, but occasionally I wouldn't mind it (diving)."

Bilic's controversial history

Admittedly, Bilic is not exactly in a position to criticise after he famously fell to the floor in a World Cup semi-final between Croatia and France. Laurent Blanc was sent off for 'striking' Bilic, and missed out on the final as a result.

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West Ham were finally given a penalty against Leicester, which Andy Carroll slotted home, but it was their first away from Upton Park in four years.

No wonder Bilic wants them to win a few more. They have conceded seven penalties this season and won just two. To put that in perspective, Leicester have now won 11.

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Referees under fire

Bilic also defended Carroll against a possible FA charge, with the forward under investigation for suggesting referee Jonathan Moss "tried to even it up" by giving Leicester a penalty.

He insists Carroll should not be punished because his comments came in the wake of a heated exchange between the two sides, but the FA may well take a different view.

West Ham can still claim a spot in the Champions League, but it will be a hugely difficult task as they sit seven points behind fourth-placed Arsenal.

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