World Cup: Holland's Arjen Robben sorry for diving against Mexico

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Image: Arjen Robben: Insists he was fouled for Holland's penalty

Arjen Robben insists he was fouled for the penalty that led to Holland's last-gasp 2-1 win over Mexico, but apologised for diving earlier in the match.

The Dutch winger was accused by Mexico boss Miguel Herrera of committing three dives during Sunday's tie in Fortaleza that saw Holland go through to the quarter-finals of the World Cup.

However, Robben said in quotes attributed to Dutch television channel NOS: "The one at the end was a penalty, I was fouled.

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The debate on diving has resurfaced after Arjen Robben admitted to it during the Netherlands' win over Mexico.

"At the same time, I have to apologise as in the first half I took a dive and I really shouldn't do that.

"That was a stupid, stupid thing to do but sometimes you're expecting to be struck and then they pull their leg away at the last minute."

Herrera said Portuguese referee Pedro Proenca should have taken action against the Bayern Munich winger.

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He told a news conference: "Robben did three dives and he should have been cautioned. You should caution a guy who is trying to cheat, and then if Robben did it again he would be sent off."

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