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Glenn: Davies no diver

Posted on 25 February 2003  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

Glenn Hoddle has moved swiftly to defend Simon Davies after the midfielder was accused of diving by Fulham boss Jean Tigana.

Tigana claimed that referee Graham Barber should have taken action against the Welsh star rather than his goalkeeper Maik Taylor after the clash that led to a penalty, a red card for Taylor and Teddy Sheringham's leveller from the spot in last night's 1-1 draw.

"I disagree with that," insisted Glenn at Spurs Lodge this afternoon. "Jean might have his opinion and the game is all about opinions and my opinion is that Simon didn't dive - he was brought down.

"Whether there was the slightest of touches on the ball is immaterial. It's a clear as day as I see it. Simon would have scored if he hadn't been brought down by the goalkeeper and it's immaterial if he gets a touch or not.

"We all know here that Simon isn't that type of player anyway. There is no way he dived because he was brought down. Whether that was after a slight touch of the ball or not, he was brought down.

"If he gets a touch and that takes it away from the goal, that's a totally different scenario and the referee probably wouldn't have made that decision. But as far as I'm concerned it was a penalty.

"Referees have to make tough decisions and the law needs to be changed, I've always said that. If it's a second bookable offence for the goalkeeper send him off, but it's too difficult for them.

"What are goalkeepers meant to do, just stand there and let the player go around them? If they touch the player at any stage it's a red card and that's not good for football, 10 v 11 entertainment wise and every goalkeeper at every club is in the same position. We need to look at that rule."