Liverpool striker Christian Benteke has defended himself amid accusations he took a dive to win a penalty against Crystal Palace – and insists he’d go down the same way again.
Palace manager Alan Pardew was incensed after the Belgium striker went down in the penalty area under a challenge from Palace defender Damien Delaney and accused the player of cheating to hand the Reds their 2-1 win.
The decision came under the microscope in our weekly Ref Review feature, where this, and a number of other weekend controversies were examined.
Palace defender Damien Delaney – who made minimal contact with Benteke when the striker went down – used social media to insist the penalty was wrongly awarded, but when asked about the incident, the Belgium striker said: “I’ve just seen the videos, and it was not like the biggest fall, but he touched me, and it was the right decision.
“The assistant had the best position, and he said that it’s a penalty, and I’ve seen the replay, like I said again, and yeah, he touched the back of my ankle.”
Asked if he would have gone down the same way again, or if the challenge had been on the half-way line, Benteke added: “Yeah. I will play the game.”