Chelsea manager, Frank Lampard has backed Callum Hudson-Odoi over claims that he dived during Chelsea’s 4-2 victory vs Burnley at Turf Moor on Saturday.
Odoi was awarded a penalty but the decision was ruled out by VAR which made him receive a yellow card for diving.
The youngster started getting blasted after the game but Lampard has slammed critics and Burnley manager, Sean Dyche for saying his player tried to deceive the referee.
His words, “If I feel like it was a dive I would speak to Callum and say that’s not what we’re about,”
“When you’re moving into the box at pace and cutting across defenders, whether VAR decides if it’s a penalty or not is one thing.
“I thought there was a lot of things going on in the game with people going down under no real contact. Their bench wanted everything that was happening.
“Ashley Barnes, every time he has a contest in the air he falls to ground to get a free-kick to stick it in the box.”
Dyche had said, “If they are diving now, we have massive trouble in five or 10 years’ time,”
“The game will be a farce. We didn’t use to accept it, but I seem to be the only one who is bothered about it.”
“The big key moment in our mentality was the penalty, I can’t abide it, as everyone knows, I don’t know why it’s in the game.
“I said at the beginning of the season, we were told by the Premier League the worst you can get is a yellow card, so everyone has a chance to cheat once and not get sent off.
“It’s not about the player, it’s the greater good of the game.”
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