Wenger rounds on diving critics
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger does not think Wayne Rooney would be criticised if he dived in the World Cup.
Last Updated: 11/09/09 9:26am
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger does not believe that Wayne Rooney would receive the same criticism as Eduardo if he helps England win the World Cup by diving.
Wenger has been defending Eduardo after the striker was banned by Uefa for an act of simulation when earning a penalty against Celtic in the UEFA Champions League.
The Gunners boss does not believe Eduardo dived and has again hit back at critics by suggesting England ace Rooney would not come in for similar condemnation.
Rooney's role in winning a penalty in last weekend's friendly with Slovenia have been questioned and Wenger thinks there is a fine line between criticism and praise.
He said: "England are in the World Cup next year and if Rooney goes down in the last minute of the game, and England win the World Cup, do you really think he will be slaughtered for it?
"It's a very emotional situation. Being a hero or being a cheat depends very much on which side of the camp you are on.
"I believe it was a penalty, but when you see the incident on the television Eduardo does make a bit more of it.
"But it's a very fine line between being shrewd and cheating the referee. You cannot prove intent from a guy who is touched.
"He goes down and shows the referee that it is a penalty."