Arsenal ace Van Persie: You need to show refs you've been pushed

Arsenal striker Robin van Persie admits he exaggerates his falls in the penalty area.

Arsenal striker Robin van Persie admits he exaggerates his falls in the penalty area.

The Dutchman insists he is against diving but freely admits it is defensible to embellish a tumble if he has been pushed by a defender.

Van Persie's comments come after his team-mate Eduardo was banned by UEFA for alleged diving against Celtic in the Champions League qualifier although his suspension was subsequently overturned.

Asked if he had exaggerated a fall, Van Persie told The Times: "Yes, I did.

"Sometimes when you are in the middle of an action and you get a little push and you know there's nothing more to take.

"Then you are in the right to show in a way to the ref that you are pushed. That's not really diving. It's just showing 'Come on, he just pushed me, so I can't score now.'

"You sometimes have a little movement with your arms or with your body, but I don't think that's really cheating.

"It's never my intention to dive, anyway. It is a bit tricky I have to say because I am against divers. It is just not honest.

"But it is difficult because, sometimes, like I had a little moment against Manchester United [in the 2-1 defeat at Old Trafford last month].

"For example, after the whole Eduardo thing, when I had the ball on the right side and I cut it back.

"[Patrice] Evra gave me a little push - a really little one - but it sort of outbalanced me. I just fell down and the whole stadium started to boo me. I was, like, 'Come on, can't you see he pushed me?'

"Some people don't see these little pushes and they can give you a whole different picture to what the situation really is.

"It doesn't play on my mind, never, because I always have the intention not to dive. But sometimes you are out of balance, it looks a bit funny."

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