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Tottenham's Dele Alli on diving: 'Nobody wants to be labelled as a cheat'

Tottenham's Dele Alli on diving: 'Nobody wants to be labelled as a cheat'
From ESPN - March 17, 2018

Dele Alli has addressed the repeated accusations that he is diving, saying that he does not want "to be labelled as a cheat" and hopes to learn from each incident.

Alli, the Tottenham Hotspur midfielder, has been booked three times for simulation -- more than any other Premier League player since his debut for the club in summer 2015.

"Nobody wants to be labelled as a cheat," Alli told reporters. "It's an opinion and everyone has a different opinion. I get into the box a lot and round the box, and I am an attacking player and I get fouled a lot."

The most recent accusations came in Spurs' 1-0 victory against Crystal Palace last month, when he went to the ground in a tussle with Patrick van Aanholt and then later tumbled under a challenge from goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey.

"There are some that look bad," Alli said. "It's different when you are in the action. The one at Crystal Palace, that's the one I saw a lot of reaction to. I was running through and, at the time, all was going through my head was that I did not want to step on the keeper. But when you watch it back and people start saying things, it can look a lot different.

"That's why I think it's important that players, not just about diving, about other stuff too, that you do not get too involved in it and just focus on what you are doing and listen to the opinions of the people you trust."

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