Tottenham midfielder, Dele Alli, has said “nobody wants to be labelled as a cheat” amid diving accusations around him.
The topic of simulation from English players came up again this week, after Arsenal’s Danny Welbeck was awarded a controversial penalty, as the Gunners beat AC Milan 3-1 in their Europa League round of 16 tie.
It brought up past incidents that involved Alli and his Spurs team-mate, Harry Kane. But Alli is not bothered about people’s opinions and insists he gets fouled a lot.
“Nobody wants to be labelled as a cheat. It’s an opinion and everyone has a different opinion. I get into the box a lot and round the box, and I’m an attacking player and I get a lot of fouls.
“That’s the beauty of football. It’s all about opinions, but the main one that matters to me is my family’s and my coaches. I’m confident in what I believe in, what they believe in and what the manager sees. There are some that look bad.
“It’s different when you are in the action. The one at Crystal Palace, that’s the one I saw a lot of reaction to. I was running through and, at the time, all was going through my head was that I didn’t want to step on the keeper.
“But when you watch it back and people start saying stuff, it can look a lot different. That’s why I think it’s important that players, not just about diving, about other stuff too, that you don’t get too involved in it and just focus on what you are doing. As long as your main focus is football, then that’s all you need to think about,” he told the UK Mirror.