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Last Updated: Thursday, 1 July, 2004, 14:06 GMT 15:06 UK
Robben rejects diving slur
Chelsea's Dutch winger Arjen Robben
Arjen Robben insists he should not be labelled a diver when he joins Chelsea for the new Premiership season.

Robben is concerned a reputation will precede him after being booked for simulation during Holland's Euro 2004 semi final defeat by Portugal.

The former PSV Eindhoven winger said: "I didn't dive, I was being pushed but the referee didn't see it.

"I'm disappointed but I'm going on holiday and then I will prepare for the new season with Chelsea."

Perhaps the referee was frustrated because we beat Sweden
Chelsea's Arjen Robben

Robben was one of a number of Dutch players who pointed a finger at referee Anders Frisk as they crashed out of the tournament to the host nation.

Striker Ruud van Nistelrooy branded Frisk "a home whistler" and claimed all the marginal decisions went Portugal's way.

Robben said: "I don't know what happened with the referee, perhaps he was frustrated because we beat Sweden in the quarter-finals.

"But it was not a good game for us or for him.

"If anyone watched it on television they will see a lot of decisions were wrong.

"Everyone will have seen that he wasn't good for us, that's why we are angry and frustrated."






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