Troy Deeney has said that Ian Poveda would have been asked by his Leeds United teammates why he didn’t go down following a challenge from Ben Chilwell in the game at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
Chilwell clipped his foot in the box and it knocked Poveda off his stride, but he stayed on his feet and got a shot off that was saved by Ben Mendy.
VAR didn’t intervene and Leeds missed an opportunity to get back into the game they went on to lose 3-1.
Talking on the Breakfast show (talkSPORT, Monday, 7.30am) host Laura Woods said, “Replays did show that Ben Chilwell made contact. He stayed on his feet, and regained his balance before shooting.”
Troy Deeney said, “I think this is going to get me in trouble but in that moment, after the game, you’ll be sitting in the dressing room and someone will say, ‘You didn’t fancy going down there?’
“I think diving is part and parcel of the game. There was a great example when [Conor] Coady went down last night and he wasn’t booked. There’s no deterrent not do it again.”
Ally McCoist replied saying, “I always think a goalscorer’s natural reaction is to stay on his feet if he’s got a chance of scoring.”
When is a dive not a dive?
We should make it clear that the two incidents involving Ian Poveda and Conor Coady were completely different.
In the first at the Bridge, Poveda stayed on his feet after contact and was penalised for it.
Coady went down poleaxed despite replays showing that Sadio Mane made no contact with him.
The Liverpool players were furious and Coady should have been booked.
Poveda could have gone down and we think if he had, it would have been given as a penalty.
It’s credit to Poveda that he tried to stay on his feet and score but we’re convinced that a striker as experienced as Harry Kane would have gone down.
Is it diving if you feel contact and go down, even though you could have stayed on your feet?
That’s more of a grey area but we know for sure that Poveda would have been questioned had he gone down and won the penalty.
But the result on Saturday evening could have been very different.
In other Leeds United news, Former Premier League referee delivers verdict on Poveda controversy in Leeds clash v Chelsea