Pochettino won’t punish divers

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino reveals he will not reprimand Dele Alli for an apparent dive and says English players go down just as much a foreign players.

Alli cut an unpopular figure after Spurs 5-0 win over Swansea on Saturday following a tumble he took to win a penalty, which Harry Kane subsequently converted, despite replays showing Kyle Naughton made little to no contact with the midfielder.

The young England international is building somewhat of a reputation for going down easily in the box, but Pochettino seems unfazed by the behaviour.

"It's too difficult to advise because you cannot recreate in the future the same situation and you cannot advise, 'Don't fall down or…", it's too difficult," he told Sky Sports.

"It's too difficult to work like that. Dele is how he is. I didn't talk with him and I need to speak with him to know what happened in that situation.

"Maybe he will say, 'okay I fell down but I didn't mean to dive but the referee believed it was a penalty', or it wasn't his intention, but it's difficult now."

While diving has long been associated with foreign players, Pochettino is adamant it has become a big part of the English game too now and recalled an incident some time ago in which England striker Michael Owen earned a penalty against him with a dive in the 2002 World Cup.

"It was 15 years ago when Owen dived. Don't believe that English football is fair play always because Owen jumped like he was in a swimming pool. Come on. I didn't touch him. I promise you. It's true," he added.

"I think today football is more global. England is more like European football. Now we have the influence of the Latin people that try to cheat always.

"Maybe you were more pure 20, 25, 30 years ago. Now you are like us."

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