Steve Bruce rues Gary Cahill `dive` in loss at Chelsea

Hull City manager Steve Bruce called for a clampdown on diving after Gary Cahill escaped punishment for apparent simulation during Premier League leaders Chelsea`s 2-0 victory at Stamford Bridge.

AFP| Last Updated: Dec 14, 2014, 09:55 AM IST
Steve Bruce rues Gary Cahill `dive` in loss at Chelsea

London: Hull City manager Steve Bruce called for a clampdown on diving after Gary Cahill escaped punishment for apparent simulation during Premier League leaders Chelsea`s 2-0 victory at Stamford Bridge.

Referee Chris Foy booked Chelsea duo Willian and Diego Costa for diving during Saturday`s game, but ignored Hull claims that Cahill had dived in the 53rd minute, having earlier been booked for a foul on Sone Aluko.

At that point Chelsea were leading through Eden Hazard`s early goal and they went on to add a 68th-minute second through Diego Costa after Hull`s Tom Huddlestone had been sent off on the hour for a foul on Filipe Luis.

"I`ve just been asked if Cahill should have gone, and the simple answer is: `Yes`. Especially given the referee has booked two people for simulation or diving," Bruce said.

"His first challenge on Aluko could have been a red card. That was reckless and dangerous. You expect the referee to do his job.

"Consequently, Tom Huddlestone, who is the most laid-back person, is frustrated with the decisions and produced a horror challenge, which deserves a red card.

"But when you come to places like this, you need them to make the right call. Look at the replays and there`s no justification for it. He (Cahill) has taken off thinking (David) Meyler is going to challenge him, looking to win the penalty.

"In Latin countries, it`s applauded. But people enjoy the Premier League because of the honesty and integrity. We need to stop this simulation that has creeped in. That was not a hard decision."

He added: "Maybe we might not have been good enough to get something, but playing Chelsea with 10 men is a lot easier than playing against their 11. We were in the game up until Huddlestone went off."Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho defended Cahill, although he added to Bruce`s criticism of the referee by questioning Willian`s booking and referring to Foy`s performance in Chelsea`s defeat at Aston Villa last season.

"I don`t believe Cahill dived," said the Portuguese.

"And if you tell me I`m wrong because he did, then something happened. Or they blocked his run. Or they touched. Or he lost balance. But that big, honest guy, I don`t believe he dived in the opposition`s box.

"Willian, if he wants to dive, doesn`t dive on the midfield line. He dives in the box. Willian had a red card from Mr Foy last year at Aston Villa and, after, we realised there wasn`t even a touch on Fabian Delph in that incident."

The victory ensured Chelsea remained three points clear of Manchester City at the head of the Premier League table.

Mourinho praised the performance of Hazard, who was given an extended rest this week after being left out of the squad for Chelsea`s 3-1 win over Sporting Lisbon in the Champions League.

"We made an agreement," Mourinho said. "He didn`t play against Sporting. I gave him four days` holiday.

"He went with his family to a weather where he can take his shirt (off) and get some sun. Then, in return, he said he`d come back fresh. He came back with that happiness in his legs."

Chelsea had already qualified for the Champions League last 16 before the meeting with Sporting and Mourinho reiterated that he would like his side to be paired with Paris Saint-Germain when the draw is made on Monday.

"We have only five possibilities. To make it easy for everybody, I would like Paris," he said.

"It`s easy for us to travel, easy for the fans to travel, a very good team -- I prefer a team that really motivates the boys -- so if I could choose, I`d say Paris."