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JT Blackburn Dive Debate Rolls On

The debate on the John Terry did he didn't he dive against Blackburn Rovers is still continuing. Mark Hughes thinks he did, but Terry Venables has now backed the England man in saying he didn't.

The challenge on Terry by Andre Ooijer that earned Chelsea their penalty, from which Frank Lampard opened the scoring in Rovers' 2-0 defeat in their last Premiership match on Sunday 27th August, has caused much conflict.

Ooijer and Terry jostled for position whilst awaiting a free-kick, but Ooijer did seem to have more of Terry. Some would argue it was a soft penalty but all Rovers fans know had it been at the other end we'd have been claiming it. Hughes said:

"John Terry is aware Andre is closely marking him and knows the referee is looking at him and then decides to collapse his knees. He falls in a heap and that is what the referee has seen."

Former England Manager Terry Venables, now back in the England set-up as number two to Steve McLaren is backing the England skipper, speaking in the News of the World he said:

"There is about as much chance of England's captain taking a dive as there would be of Mark putting on that act in his heyday."

"He neither is, or was, scared to take a battering. So I do not believe for one second that Terry dived to win Chelsea a penalty at Blackburn last week."

Personally I'm not convinced that Terry did dive. Ooijer certainly had more of Terry than Terry him, it was clumsy and probably a needless penalty to concede.

Venables would also say:

"Whether Terry went over or not, what Ooijer was doing in holding him with both arms are he made a run for a free-kick was a clear penalty offence."

"What it needs is 20 more like it to be given next weekend, then maybe players will kick this habit and get back to the art of defending."

You see this type of thing that happened between Ooijer and Terry all the time so I would agree with Venables in the respect that referees need to punish this consistently, the lack of consistency shown by referees often angers fans. If these are going to be given they have to be given by all referees, not a select few.

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Writer: Walker Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday September 3 2006

Time: 3:50PM

Your Comments

Time to move on guys given your poor start to the season.
sandgroanun
he dived and he knows it. i will agree that if ooijer had gone down under a challenge from terry i'd want a pen though.
rovers powerhouse
No dive from JT, the guy was all over him, but as sandgroanun says maybe it's time to move on...
pompeyrug
Andre Oooooooooooooijer needs to learn how to play in the premiership....he was probably told that it is a rough league and took it too far
Adilson
Terry didn't take a dive, and Ooijer made a clumsy mistake but no one can tell me the same kind of holding doesn't happen from Terry, and almost every other defender in the Premiership week in week out. If more refs give penalties for it they'll all stop.
Hughes Da Man
I think Ooijer needs to check his game. This is 'football' in Europe and the rest of the world with the exception in America they call it 'soccer'. Perhaps he got it mix up with 'American Football'. That's how you would tackle the opposition. :-) He did it against JT and he did the same to DD. If he doesn't improve, MH better get rid of him otherwise your team will suffer.
jogabonito
Like I said Ooijer made a clumsy mistake but he's not the only one quilty of doing so, most defenders do that kind of thing all the time. Ooijer will improve, at least he better or Hughes will show him the door.
Hughes Da Man
 

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