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England coach Hope Powell criticises Swiss 'diving'


Red card for 'hair pulling' - White

By Tony Leighton

England coach Hope Powell accused Swiss striker Ramona Bachmann of diving in the incident that led to Rachel Brown's dismissal in their World Cup play-off.

England won 3-2 to give themselves an aggregate 5-2 win over the two legs and book their place at next year's finals.

Powell confirmed that the Football Association will immediately appeal against goalkeeper Brown's sending off.

"It's quite evident that she dived. It was bizarre but it had the desired effect," said Powell.

"It's a shame it happened, but that's not the way to go about playing football and we have to appeal."

Powell 'relieved' as England qualify

Brown was dismissed for allegedly pulling Bachman's hair and pushing her to the floor. But TV footage clearly showed that the striker had clutched her face and thrown herself to the ground.

Her red card will mean suspension from the first three games of the tournament in Germany.

Captain Faye White, also having seen the television replays, said: "The referee told me that she'd sent Rachel off for hair-pulling but that's clearly not the case.

"It's so obviously not a sending-off - I can't believe it!"

The incident tarnished an otherwise excellent night for Powell's team, whose victory means they have now qualified for four successive major tournaments including Euro 2009, where they finished runners-up to Germany.

Now they are looking forward to not only the 2011 World Cup but also the 2012 Olympic Games, where they are set to represent Great Britain.

The FA's director of football development Sir Trevor Brooking, who flew to Switzerland to watch Thursday evening's second leg, said after the game: "Hope's team have got two massive years coming up now.

"The World Cup will be great but the Olympics could be even better because it's on home soil and it will be absolutely awesome.

"It's an unprecedented opportunity and it will hopefully give a tremendous boost to the women's game at all levels in England."

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