Roberto Di Matteo has defended his players following further diving incidents at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.
David Luiz was the latest Chelsea player to receive a yellow card from a referee for simulation, just a week after Oscar and Branislav Ivanovic were punished for the same crime at home to Stoke, leaving boss Tony Pulis enraged.
Pulis himself believes that players should receive a three match ban for diving, the same as they would receive for a straight red card.
“I am against diving, absolutely,” Di Matteo told reporters. “It’s something we should eradicate from the game.
“It’s probably not easy but if there’s anything that can be done then we are for it. It’s probably complicated. We’ve been trying to get goal-line video technology introduced and it has taken years.”
Di Matteo believes that the reputation his young players are getting are causing referees to give incorrect decisions during the game.
“To be prejudiced on players is wrong,” Di Matteo continued. “We haven’t been given penalties at QPR and probably one against Juventus.
“David Luiz went down but he didn’t appeal for anything. Sometimes they happen, sometimes they don’t but he wasn’t appealing for anything.”