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'I'm tired of this' - Robben hits out at diving critics

Monday, July 07, 2014 by Goal.com

The Dutch winger insists that he is fouled throughout many matches he plays and is grateful just to be fit, despite constant censure over his perceived simulation

Netherlands attacker Arjen Robben says he is fed up of being criticised following his admission that he dived during the 2-1 World Cup win over Mexico.

The Dutchman has long been dogged by criticism that he goes down too easily throughout his career and won a penalty late on against el Tri to send his side through to the quarter-finals.

In the wake of the victory, he conceded that he had taken a dive earlier in the game but says he is sick of being hounded by his detractors, insisting that he is fouled often.

"In recent days there has been a lot of talk about diving and actually I'm tired of this b*******," he told NOS.

"I get kicked from all sides, but luckily I am still fit. I felt that I could make the difference, but didn't get the ball enough."

Tim Krul came on in the dying stages of extra time in Netherlands' quarter-final win over Costa Rica, saving two penalties in the shoot-out, and Robben believes his side's team spirit shined through.

"I don't want to blow my own trumpet, but I felt I was so good," he added.

"[In the dressing room] it was a party, we were so good with the penalties too, compliments to Tim. It shows we do it all together."

Netherlands continue their quest to reach a second-straight World Cup final with a clash against Argentina on Wednesday.

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