AVB wants action on simulation


Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas wants the Barclays Premier League to clamp down on players making the most of challenges which result in penalties.

The Blues looked to be cruising to victory over Manchester United at Stamford Bridge last weekend, when they moved into a 3-0 lead. However, referee Howard Webb gave what Villas-Boas viewed as two soft penalties, which Wayne Rooney converted to give the Red Devils hope before substitute Javier Hernandez snatched a point six minutes from time.

In the build-up to the second spot-kick, Villa-Boas felt United striker Danny Welbeck had deliberately tripped over the leg of Branislav Ivanovic rather than an intentional foul being committed. "Referees have pretty clear orders on simulation, but it is difficult for them to assess the difference between simulation and fouls in those situations," he said.

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