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Robin Van Persie, English Football's Ultimate Diver, Calls out Chelsea: What?

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 02:  Robin van Persie of Arsenal has words with referee Phil Dowd during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Blackburn Rovers at the Emirates Stadium on April 2, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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Ron FurlongAnalyst IIJune 2, 2011

Anyone (and I mean anyone) who watches the Premier League on a regular basis knows the divers in the league.

Perhaps I should define 'Diver" first.

Diver: A player who attempts to manipulate the referee by pretending  the bump or tackle just administered to him was much worse than it actually was. Another way to say it would be to say "trying to cheat."

Almost everyone does it, and it is ruining the game. The level and frequency to which players do it is what separate divers from the others.

There are a good 50 to 75 names I could come up with of current known offenders in English football alone. The 'Ususal Suspects" list. There are many theories on how to stop this from happening and I've got a few of my own, but that is a separate article.

What we are looking at today are the interesting comments made from one of the league's most notorious "Usual Suspects:" One Robin Van Persie.

Any non-Arsenal fan (someone not clouded by loyalty) would have to agree that Van Persie is perhaps at the very top of the "Most Wanted" list of Premier League divers. I wrote an article several months back that addressed the very issue of Mr. Van Persie's integrity, or lack there-of.

This is not a new opinion. Nor is it my opinion alone. Here's the article:

So I, for one, found the latest remarks from the Dutchman rather interesting, to say the least. Van Persie unleashed his latest tirade to Sport 1, directed for some reason at Spain and at rival English club Chelsea.

"They [Spain players] always go up to referees in an attempt to get an opponent booked. They are trying to screw colleagues! That kind of behaviour really annoys me," he said.

"People who are watching the game on television and fans really do not want to see these kind of things. If you want to witness a lot of complaints, you should just go the bakery or something. There's always people nagging there as well.

"Chelsea players are always bitching against the referees. I really cannot understand that. Just shut the f*** up and focus on playing football."

Man, if I had a dollar for every time I've said those exact same words when watching Robin Van Persie play football over the last several years.

Apparently, in Robin's eyes, it's okay to get nicked and collapse onto the pitch and wither in pain like you're dying right then and there (and two minutes later running around at full speed), but it's tacky to complain to the refs.

Okay. Just so we understand you correctly, Robin. Good to know.

Cheating is okay. Complaining is bad.

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