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Dyche accuses Gunners of cheating

23rd December 2018, 04:56 by Michael Holland

Burnley boss Sean Dyche accused Arsenal players of diving as his side were beaten 3-1 at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.

A Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang brace put the Gunners on course for three points before Ashley Barnes halved the arrears for the visitors - only for substitute Alex Iwobi to wrap up the victory in stoppage time.

There were a couple of flashpoints during the game and Barnes was arguably lucky to still be on the pitch to score after he had been booked and committed a number of further fouls.

Granit Xhaka was involved in a touchline spat after a challenge went against Burnley on halfway, while Mesut Ozil remonstrated with referee Kevin Friend having had a free-kick shout turned down.

Alexandre Lacazette also seemed to go down easily under pressure in the away penalty, and the Gunners were criticised by an unhappy Dyche.

"We certainly didn't get a lot today with the decisions," a visibly angry Clarets boss said. "Where do you want to start with the decisions? Shall we start with the 61 games without a penalty?

"And a clear double-handed push in the back on Kevin Long. That's a pretty good place to start, I think.

"There were two dives. No one seems to want to do anything about diving in the game apart from me. I'm still amazed by it. We had three the other week. It just goes away.

"Kids everywhere are watching, all copying it. No one seems to care about it. It's purely factual. Facts, facts, facts. Nothing to do with a campaign. If it was a campaign I'd be out there everywhere.

"I want to see people banned because if they were, it would evaporate out of the game.

"Millions of children, millions of children. You wouldn't ruffle your kids' hair if they came home after school and cheated in a maths test.

"They cheat at a game of football and it's okay. It's almost like 'Well done. We got away with that one'.

"There are hundreds of millions of pounds at stake in this game and we have got all kinds of gadgets to view these things and hopefully VAR will make a difference - but I don't think it will make a radical difference - I'm talking about the morality of the game.

"I'm absolutely amazed at where it's at at the moment. And nobody is bothered. I'm not saying anything too grandiose. But I'm amazed more people don't look at it factually and go: 'Do we really want to see that? Can't we just get on with playing?'"

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Michael Holland is a reporter with over two decades of journalism experience. A Bolton fan, Michael often writes football articles, as well as having a strong knowledge of golf, cricket and Australian sports.

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