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Chelsea boss Lampard: Hudson-Odoi not a diver

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard insists Callum Hudson-Odoi isn't a diver after their 4-2 win at Burnley.

Lampard commented on the second-half incident when VAR deemed Hudson-Odoi to have simulated after a penalty had initially been given.

He said, "If I feel like it was a dive, I would speak to Callum and say that's not what we are about. But when you are moving into the box at pace, cutting across defenders, whether VAR decides it's not a penalty or not is one thing.

"There were a lot of things going on in the game with people going down under not real contact, their bench wanted everything, Ashley Barnes every time he had contest in the air he falls to the ground, they want to get a free-kick to stick in the box. Let's be clear, these things still happen all over football when it's a fast game and people are trying to win.

"So if it was a dive I will address it for sure, I need to look it back but I don't think it's as clear cut as that.

"If I feel like it was a dive, I would speak to Callum and say that's not what we are about. But when you are moving into the box at pace, cutting across defenders, whether VAR decides it's not a penalty or not is one thing.

"There were a lot of things going on in the game with people going down under not real contact, their bench wanted everything, Ashley Barnes every time he had contest in the air he falls to the ground, they want to get a free-kick to stick in the box. Let's be clear, these things still happen all over football when it's a fast game and people are trying to win.

"So if it was a dive I will address it for sure, I need to look it back but I don't think it's as clear cut as that."

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