Watson points finger at Drogba
By Tom Adams
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Steve Watson has pointed the finger at Didier Drogba whilst calling for diving to be stopped.
West Bromwich Albion defender Steve Watson has pointed the finger at Didier Drogba whilst calling for diving to be stamped out after a controversial Premiership clash at The Hawthorns on Saturday.
Both teams have been reported to the Football Association after a fiery encounter that saw Arjen Robben sent off and heated confrontations between Bryan Robson and Jose Mourinho on the touchline.
The Baggies were incensed at Chelsea's late showing after half time, and Robson's ire was further provoked when Ivorian striker Drogba fell theatrically after appearing to connect with Jonathan Greening.
A spate of recent incidents have led to renewed calls for the authorities to take action against the disease of simulation, and Watson believes that the issue should be addressed to preserve the integrity of the game.
Chelsea blamed Robson for the furore at the weekend, but his defender has pointed the finger firmly at Drogba.
"Considering all the money that's at stake these days, there are always going to be one or two fiery incidents, but we can do without some of it," said Watson.
"The way Drogba went down, you've got to assume he's hurt. Five minutes later, he's up and not even limping.
"Then their manager is sticking up for him and our manager is sticking up for our players.
"I'm old school. I think it's unnecessary. From a fans point of view, I think they would like to see it stamped out.
"It's something we can do without, but as a defender you know what the rules are. You know what's going to happen.
"If you get too tight to someone and they turn you, then they drop to the floor.
"If you play in this league, you have to accept it as an occupational hazard, but we can do without it."
Everton boss David Moyes has also taken umbrage at the actions of the Premiership champions, criticising Mourinho for failing to shake Robson's hand and spurning his offer of a post-match drink.
Despite their incredible success on the pitch, The Blues are developing an unfriendly reputation, and Moyes believes Mourinho should adapt to the English mentality after he also snubbed Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger earlier in the season.
"Over here, in this country, we shake hands at the end of the game and you always invite the managers to come in," Moyes told Sky Sports.
"They don't need to come in, but I think that's something that the British managers in the main accept, that you come in and have a glass of wine or a beer with them after.
"We're all passionate and we all want to win and we all have to protect our own teams, but I think at the end, there's also a wee bit of dignity needed."