Allardyce points finger at Ivanovic in new diving row

Published: 27th December 2014 10:55 AM  |   Last Updated: 27th December 2014 10:55 AM   |  A+A-


LONDON: Sam Allardyce last night (Friday) accused Branislav Ivanovic of going down "looking for a penalty" as Chelsea were embroiled in another debate about simulation.
Their 2-0 win against Sunderland earlier this month became overshadowed by the accusation that Gary Cahill should have been sent off following a dive, while both Diego Costa and Willian were also cautioned in that game for simulation.
Ivanovic went down yesterday after what appeared minor contact from Andy Carroll, with the West Ham striker immediately confronting the Chelsea defender about the incident. Keeper Adrian and Diego Costa also squared up in the ensuing row.
"I thought he went down looking for a penalty," said Allardyce, the West Ham manager. Asked if players were entitled to do that, he added: "I don't know about entitled. They try and make the referee's mind up for them. Staying on your feet does not get rewarded if you're fouled."
Referee Michael Oliver ultimately did not award either a penalty for Chelsea or a yellow card against Ivanovic and Allardyce was unwilling to expand further on his evident displeasure with the officiating.
"You'll have to ask him [the referee]," he said. "Knock on his door. I'm not paying any more money to the FA. We all know the script for games like this when you've been in games like this as long as me. Some of the free-kicks given against us were very harsh indeed. I have no complaints about the result. I'm angry with the first half, the way we approached the game."
Jose Mourinho had claimed last January that there were "no divers at Chelsea" and is adamant that Ivanovic was fouled. "I think it's a penalty," the manager said. "The other guy grabs him. But it was an isolated situation. The game was good, aggressive, but correct. The only guy who dived was [Enner] Valencia, not in the box, and no one reacted negatively."
Mourinho also took the unusual step after the match of asking his players to take part in an impromptu training session. "I had two training sessions for tomorrow [Saturday], but they were crying so much in the dressing room I've decided to make a change," he said.
"They are training now. Because of that, tomorrow, instead of two sessions, only one session. Who is training? Everybody. But when I say 'training', it's with different objectives."
John Terry said that Chelsea's relentless form was now applying pressure on their rivals. "It is important we remain calm and keep doing what we are doing," he said.


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