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Dyche: Diangana should've had a penalty!

Filed: Saturday, 3rd November 2018
By: Staff Writer

Sean Dyche says he believes West Ham's Grady Diangana should have been awarded a penalty in the first half of today's match between West Ham and Burnley.

The Clarets boss was honest enough to admit that the Hammers should've been awarded a spot kick when the Academy youngster was taken out as he entered the Burnley penalty area shortly before the visitors equalised.

And even though it would have been detrimental to his own team's chances, Dyche insisted that he was disappointed to see the penalty appeal waved away by referee Roger East.

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"I've been campaigning for this forever," said Dyche, speaking after the game. "Their lad gets a penalty - and is it a penalty - but because he falls normally, nothing's given. And it's a penalty.

"I guarantee you that if he rolls around, flinging his arms around - and credit to him for just falling normally, I've seen it back - he'd get a penalty. He didn't. And credit to him, because he got a foot on top of his foot.

"The point is that, forgetting about this game, the bigger picture for football is that referees are now giving penalties for dives but when the lad fell normally - I always say like kids in the playground - he gets nothing.

"We've had people in our games dive ridiculously and get a yellow card - but it means nothing, it's not going to stop them doing it. It's bizarre."

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And Dyche - for whom the issue is something of a personal bugbear - insisted that diving needs to be eradicated even though there appears to be little prospect of that happening in the near future.

"I want it cleaning up, but no-one wants to take responsibility for it," he complained. "It needs to be cleaned up, the game needs to be cleaned up. That was a key moment today that could show the difference - and that's my point."

You may hear Sean Dyche's press conference in full here on KUMB.

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