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Walcott Owns Up To A Dive That Wasn't

Walcott Owns Up To A Dive That Wasn't

Theo Walcott has rather bizarrely claimed that he took a tumble in Leeds United penalty area in an attempt to spare Arsenal's blushes in the 3rd round of the FA Cup.

Late in the game Theo Walcott was felled in the area by United's Alex Bruce after Theo shifted the ball away. Phil Dowd blew up for the spot kick before reversing his decision after the lino flagged for the weirdest offside decision you'll see this weekend.

Walcott decided to 'man-up' and apologise for his infringement.

"I thought Dowd did give the penalty to be honest. I just want to apologise to the managers, I actually dived trying to win the penalty. I said to one of their players would you have done it if it was the last few minutes and he said he I probably would have done it.

"I`m not the sort of player to do it, I own up to that and I apologise for that. It`s one of those things that I don`t like to see in my game. I`ve heard some people say if you feel just a slight touch you should go down so it can work both ways.'

"I`m not happy with myself for doing that but I`m happy that we got the draw in the end. [Alex Bruce] was fine about it. Whether he knew if it was a penalty I don`t know but I said sorry I`m trying to win the game. I had a little bit of a laugh and a joke with the referee afterwards saying that`s the first dive I`ve ever done can you tell?"

Now I'm all for a footballer being honest, but for me Theo is owning up to a dive that wasn't. He moved the ball, Bruce kicked him, penalty.

I've always been a believer that if the contact isn't enough to take a player down then it's not a foul, but the rules seem to have manifested themselves whereby if there is contact and the player doesn't touch the ball, then it's a foul, so whether or not Theo went down easily, by today's standards, it was a penalty.

If Walcott wanted to clear his conscience, then his apologies to Grayson and his players should have been enough, Theo will now come under closer scrutiny from referees, and will probably have miss out on a few stick on pens following today's admission.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Saturday January 8 2011
Time: 6:36PM


I say fair play to him, a man's integrity should be important to him, whoever else thinks he is wrong.
Little Dutch
08/01/2011 18:41:00
But it's like owning up to a robbery you didn't commit. Ok, he may have intended to steal a car, but he didn't. It was a penalty, so Walcott should have just kept quiet.
08/01/2011 18:43:00
blimey. I guess black is white aswell is it?
08/01/2011 18:52:00
Ultimately, Walcott is the only person on earth who knows his intention. He says he doesn't like to see diving in the game and has therefore apologised for trying to do it. I say fair play to the man. Down with platitudes, let's have more of this type of thing.
Little Dutch
08/01/2011 18:57:00
how about we just have less diving? Or maybe it's acceptable to dive because he's shown remorse
08/01/2011 19:01:00
If Walcott would have kept quiet, would anyone have even thought he might have took a dive? I don't think, because it WAS a foul. Whether he went down easily or not, it was a penalty. Commendable from Theo, but incredibly naive, as I said in the piece, his apology to Grayson and the players should have been enough to clear his conscience, this public admission serves no purpose.
08/01/2011 19:05:00
Breathtaking sophistry from Vital Arsenal - you've surpassed yourselves!
08/01/2011 19:11:00
When I was seven I went on a school trip to Longleat wildlife park, during the visit to the gift shop I stole a rubber shaped like a monkey that fits on the end of a pencil. It's been a good few years now but I just couldn't live my life in the knowledge I have wronged the good Marquess of Bath and his trusty team of animal types. Anyone else got any utterly utterly pointless yet guilt wracked admissions?
08/01/2011 19:15:00
We are still aspiring for the ultra sophistry that is so regularly witnessed at VMC though. Doubt we will ever match up to the pundits on there.
08/01/2011 19:18:00
Breaththtaking hypocrisy from filthycolumn, who took umbrage at vital arsenal members' contributions to a thread on citys' page concerning the Arsenal city game with the words "WTF are you all doing over here? What exactly is your obsession with Manchester City?" well...substitute city for Arsenal and right back at ya fella.
08/01/2011 19:24:00
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