Updated: Tuesday, 01 July 2014 02:37 | By Agence France-Presse

Robben defends comments after FIFA rule out action

Arjen Robben on Monday defended his admission of diving during Holland's last 16 victory over Mexico as FIFA confirmed he would not be punished for the remarks.


Robben defends comments after FIFA rule out action

Netherlands' forward Arjen Robben gives a press conference at The Flamenco Football Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on June 30, 2014, during the 2014 FIFA World Cup - by Yasuyoshi Chiba

Robben, who won a match-winning penalty as the Dutch downed Mexico 2-1 on Sunday, whipped up a storm of controversy after later telling Dutch television he had dived in an earlier incident.

The Dutch Football Association (KNVB) hit out at the way Robben's comments had been reported, insisting he had been misinterpreted.

But speaking a few hours after FIFA confirmed he would face no disciplinary action over the comments, Robben admitted he had made "one stupid action."

Asked for his reaction to the furore, Robben told reporters: "It's a shame because I was very honest. 

"Sometimes honesty is punished. I prefer honesty.

"During the first half, there was a foul, I went to the ground because I thought he would tackle but then he removed his leg.

"It's a pity because people forget a great performance by the entire team. And that's the main thing. Sometimes I am honest. I apologise but that's football.

"It was one stupid action and it had no influence on the game. We had two clear penalties situation, only one was given. No need to talk about it anymore."

FIFA spokeswoman Delia Fischer earlier ruled out any possibility of retrospective actions when asked about Robben's post-match comments.

Fischer said sanctioning after the fact only applied to "serious infringements of foul play which have escaped the notice of the match officials."

Robben has long been accused of being a serial diver and last season engaged in an angry war of words with Arsene Wenger after the Arsenal coach lost his cool on English television following a Champions League game with Bayern Munich.

"Robben is very good at getting something out of nothing, he's a good diver, but that's part of his game," Wenger said after Bayern eliminated Arsenal in March.

"I expect more of great managers, they don't need to resort to claims like that," Robben responded.

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