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Last Updated: Wednesday, 29 March 2006, 14:58 GMT 15:58 UK
Dowie urges bosses to fine divers
Crystal Palace boss Iain Dowie
Dowie is not afraid to punish his players for diving
Crystal Palace boss Iain Dowie wants players guilty of diving to be punished by their own managers.

He said: "If there's a blatant dive and a player is feigning injury when there is no contact they should be fined.

"The managers have a responsibility for the behaviour of their players - although it is the referee who has to act on the pitch.

"When Sandor Torghelle dived against Charlton last season I told him it was unacceptable and he was fined for it."

Dowie added: "That was the right thing to do."

The diving debate is a hot topic after recent high-profile events, including Didier Drogba's apparent exaggerated reaction to a tackle against Manchester City last weekend.

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has claimed referees do not have enough of a deterrent at their disposal to deal with diving.

But, while Dowie has made his stance clear, he has blamed striker Andy Johnson being tarnished with a reputation for diving in the Championship as a problem for his promotion-chasing side.

He stated: "Andrew Johnson is the most honest player I have worked with and doesn't dive.

"Because of some ill-informed and stupid comments about him last season, he now doesn't get penalties. It's a fact."




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