Saturday, 8 January 2011

Is Theo Walcott naive or just too honest for his own good?

After Arsenal's 1-1 draw with Lees United in the FA Cup, Theo Walcott told Talk Sport he dived to try and win his side a penalty.

Walcott said:
"I thought [Dowd] did give the penalty to be honest. I just want to apologise to the managers, I actually dived trying to win the penalty.
"I said to one of their players would you have done it if it was the last few minutes and he said he I probably would have done it.
"I'm not the sort of player to do it, I own up to that and I apologise for that. It's one of those things that I don't like to see in my game. I've heard some people say if you feel just a slight touch you should go down so it can work both ways.
"I'm not happy with myself for doing that but I'm happy that we got the draw in the end. [Alex Bruce] was fine about it. Whether he knew if it was a penalty I don't know but I said sorry I'm trying to win the game. I had a little bit of a laugh and a joke with the referee afterwards saying that's the first dive I've ever done can you tell?"

Now my question is, is he stupid?

We all know what happened after the Eduardo incident in the Champions League. He was never quite the same player again. There was a witch hunt in the media for the Croatian. UEFA made a scapegoat out of him and he's the only player in the history of the game to have been banned from football for diving.

Even if he Walcott did dive, wouldn't it have been more sensible to say nothing?

What's going to happen when he's next genuinely brought down in the box?

The referee is going to remember that Theo Walcott said he dived trying to win a penalty.

You can see each time Emmanuel Eboue goes down the referee thinking, that's Eboue... he likes to go down easily.

He's going to earn himself a reputation now which will be hard to shake off.

Perhaps he's just too honest for his own good?

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