Chelsea No. 1 Accuses On-Loan Barca Star Of Diving
Chelsea No. 1 Accuses On-Loan FC Barcelona Star Of Diving
Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has accused on-loan FC Barcelona star Gerard Deulofeu of diving in the Blues' 4-1 loss to Watford at Vicarage Road on Monday night.
Click through the gallery above to see pictures of the incident involving Deulofeu that led to a penalty.
Soon after the Blues went down to 10 men after Tiemoue Bakayoko was given his marching orders for a second bookable offence, the Spanish was put through on goal and was adjudged by referee Mike Dean to have been brought down in the box by the Belgium shot-stopper.
After the game, however, Courtois made it clear he was unhappy with the officiating, and felt that Deulofeu played his part in deceiving the referee in order to win the penalty.
"The red card is very light, first never a yellow and the second too light. Obviously, the penalty is a clear dive," the Belgium international told Sky Sports after the match.
"Yesterday (in Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur's 2-2 draw), we saw when the goalkeeper comes out and is late you make yourself small but the striker puts his foot there and it's a penalty, every time this will happen. He left his foot and dives, it's not a penalty.
"I think we all know this kind of players, it happens everywhere in the world, this type of striker sees the goalkeeper coming for the ball, I make myself as small as possible with my belly on the ground and he manufactures the contact. I'm sorry but I don't think it's a penalty."
Watford captain Troy Deeney slotted home the penalty before late goals from Daryl Janmaat, Deulofeu and Roberto Pereya wrapped up a memorable victory of the Hornets.
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