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WATCH Arjen Robben’s 2 Ridiculous Dives For Bayern Munich vs Arsenal [GIFs]

diving judges WATCH Arjen Robbens 2 Ridiculous Dives For Bayern Munich vs Arsenal [GIFs]

Bayern Munich forward Arjen Robben scored zero goals but made two dives against Arsenal in today’s UEFA Champions League match, with one of the dives resulting in a penalty for the Bundesliga club that was saved by Lukasz Fabianski.

Why a footballer of his calibre would resort to such blatant diving is beyond me, especially considering that Bayern Munich would have advanced through to the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League tonight even without his histrionics.

Here are the two blatant dives by Robben:

robben dive WATCH Arjen Robbens 2 Ridiculous Dives For Bayern Munich vs Arsenal [GIFs]

robben falls again WATCH Arjen Robbens 2 Ridiculous Dives For Bayern Munich vs Arsenal [GIFs]

Is it time for referees to clamp down on this sort of behavior and yellow card players? What do you think? Share your opinion in the comments section below.

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10 Responses to WATCH Arjen Robben’s 2 Ridiculous Dives For Bayern Munich vs Arsenal [GIFs]

  1. EDub says:

    Arjen Robben is utterly predictable … predictably good (cut in from the right, shoot with left foot. control-v, control-c) and predictably awful (fall over with pained expression when opponent comes within 1 meter).

  2. FreddyFreak says:

    Absolutely he should have been booked. It was surprising that he and Dante played the whole match.

    The frustrating thing is that he didn’t have to play like that for this match. Must have really feared Arsenal at some level to resort to this.

  3. Daniel says:

    Absolutely. Definitely yellow card him. Heck, red card a player if it’s a blatant, disgraceful dive in the box in which the player seeks to win a penalty / have a defender sent off. Stamp out this acting.

    And I realize that sometimes there’s a bit of contact in which the player seeks to make the most of. But all you need is a couple refs to red card a “dive” — hehe, whether it’s the correct call or not — and you might not see much flopping after that.

    Much appreciation for Tony Pulis, who recently said he’d fine two of his players for diving.

  4. De Selby says:

    I thought the first one was a dive. At least on the second one there was enough contact to have possibly caused him to go down.

    On the first one if the ref doesn’t give a penalty then Robben has to get a card.

    • Rob says:

      I hate the word, contact when referring to penalties.
      Football is a contact sport;it’s allowed, otherwise 99% of the time there would be fouls.
      Podolski got a yellow for kicking the ball away, which has no relevance to any play on the field, Robben dives at least twice, and nothing happens, so why are we even surprised that he continues to do it every game?
      FIFA, UEFA, FA, need to get rid of this stupid non retroactive enforcement and grow some balls.

  5. Kevin says:

    The only way to stop this disgraceful behavior and the antics are to administer consequences. It is getting ridiculous and is now affecting games and outcomes. Punish the behavior to correct it.

  6. Frill Artist says:

    Absolutely disgusting.

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