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.

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.

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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