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Barcelona's Pique defends Chelsea's Drogba after diving accusations

Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has defended Didier Drogba after the Chelsea man was criticised for repeatedly falling over last week.

The big Ivorian striker was continuously on the ground in the Champions League semi-final first leg win over Barcelona on Wednesday with some critics suggesting it was a ploy to waste time.

However, Pique believes Drogba was genuinely hurt each time he threw himself down on the Stamford Bridge turf, suggesting there was nothing sinister in his actions.

"I believe in Drogba that, every time he fell down, it was because he was in pain, or he felt a kick on him," Pique said.

"I don't think that, when Drogba fell down, he was trying to act or dive.

"If not, we'll start to talk about football not having fair play and being all about cheats. Football is not like that.

"We have to keep all the good things, and diving and cheating is not good.

"If he keeps doing that, you might end up thinking that's the case (that he is not hurt). But I believe in his honesty."

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