Spurs’ Kyle Walker hits back over dive claims for penalty against Norwich City: “I thought I got a clip so I went down.”

Clint Dempsey sees his penalty saved by Mark Bunn. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images Clint Dempsey sees his penalty saved by Mark Bunn. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images

Friday, November 2, 2012
10:55 AM

Kyle Walker has strongly rebuffed Chris Hughton’s claim he went down too easily to earn Tottenham a penalty in Wednesday night’s 2-1 defeat to Norwich.

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Norwich stunned Tottenham to move in to the quarter-finals of the Capital One Cup thanks to a dramatic final 10 minutes at Carrow Road.

Jan Vertonghen’s own goal and a strike from Simeon Jackson put the Canaries ahead with three minutes left, and then Spurs wasted a chance to take the game in to extra-time as Clint Dempsey drove weakly in to Mark Bunn’s arms from the penalty spot soon after.

Hughton, a former Spurs player and coach, claimed Walker “made a meal” of the challenge by Marc Tierney, and the Norwich full-back himself says he did not touch the England right-back.

As a young man who grew up on a council estate in Sheffield, Walker takes umbrage at Hughton’s suggestion he went down too readily.

“I’m from up north. I’m not going to go down softly,’’ Walker said at an event to publicise the Topps Match Attax Tour.

“I thought I got a clip so I went down. It was a foul. The referee has awarded a penalty, or the linesman did. They were close enough to see it.

“If I felt I was touched then I am going to go down. That’s it.’’

Andre Villas-Boas’ men host Wigan on Saturday before facing Manchester City and Arsenal.

“It’s massively important that we bounce back from that game and get back to winning ways,’’ Walker said.

“No disrespect to Wigan, but out of the (next) three (games) this is the easiest.”

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20 comments

  • “I thought I got a clip so I went down." Therefore he wasn't tripped at all. Of course he dived on the strength of that answer. Slow motion views proved that there is insufficient if any contact to make him lose his balance so it was not a penalty. It's a contact sport guys. Man up and play it as it's supposed to be played. Too many players are turning into a bunch of fairy's these days and Walker has admitted to being one of them!

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    baguio

    Friday, November 2, 2012

  • That has to be one of the most obvious contradictions I have ever heard! So he didn't dive but, if he chose to, he could have stayed on his feet. Has the definition of diving changed?

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    CovCanary

    Friday, November 2, 2012

  • Yeah, we call it "diving and cheating", but it seems that the FA call it " simulation "...

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    tom the taxi

    Friday, November 2, 2012

  • Funny old business, refereeing. You see obvious offences, like that hyphenated Spurs defender trying to remove Moro`s shirt (in the recent league match). Moro tried to carry on playing, stayed on his feet. The incident was in the view of the officials. If Moro had elected to go down, would we have been awarded a penalty? Would Moro have become a cheat? Would he have been booked for diving? Of course, it was a "Big" team at home, so we would`ve got NOTHING (except perhaps the booking). :-(

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, November 2, 2012

  • Paradoxically, Kyle has been caught out for being candid about his original dishonesty. They all do it, I suppose? SYH947 is spot on.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, November 2, 2012

  • Looked a clear-cut penalty to me. Anyway, Bunn saved it!

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, November 2, 2012

  • i wonder how many managers have been sacked, and how many clubs have been relegated through these cheats.

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    bluelight

    Friday, November 2, 2012

  • Just imgine this Kyle. There are 3 minutes to go and you have the chance to cut the ball back for a team mate to get an equaliser, Instead you fall over. Chance gone. How are your team mates taking it. Good job you are a tough Northener.

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    Pondlife

    Friday, November 2, 2012

  • Irrespective of the outcome, he has admitted to being a cheat. This is exactly the sort of thing that the FA should be dealing with and so should his club. This sort of continued behaviour spoils the game.

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    Steve Ingall

    Friday, November 2, 2012

  • Looked a clear-cut penalty to me. Anyway, Bunn saved it!

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, November 2, 2012

  • "I thought I got a clip, so went down" - sounds like a quote form Audrey Harrison with regards his boxing career...

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    Soglio Star

    Friday, November 2, 2012

  • "I'm from Up North, I'm not going down softly". Is Michael Owen from Down South then?

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    DocOhNo

    Friday, November 2, 2012

  • "I got a clip so I went down", "if I felt I was touched I'm going to go down" not "he caught me and I couldn't keep my feet". In other words he chose to fall over rather than carry on and do what he was going to do Technically not a dive I suppose but does in my mind back up CH's opinion that we went down easily because he's effectively stated he chose to go down rather than stay up.

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    Daveyboy

    Friday, November 2, 2012

  • Yeah, we call it "diving and cheating", but it seems that the FA call it " simulation "...

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    tom the taxi

    Friday, November 2, 2012

  • Looked a pen to me. But the statement "I got a clip so I went down" sounds rather like it was a dive, isn't a dive where you go down intentionally rather than actually being tripped and put off balance?

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    SussexYellow

    Friday, November 2, 2012

  • "I thought I got a clip so I went down." "If I felt I was touched then I am going to go down." That sounds like making a meal of it to me.

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    chirpy

    Friday, November 2, 2012

  • Kyle, it is a contact sport. When I played football you stayed on your feet as much as you can not fall over (dive) because somewhere touched you. If a professional footballer thinks this is OK then really the FA needs to come out and clarify what a dive is to help poor soft Kyle

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Friday, November 2, 2012

  • From my seat thought it looked a pen, but Bunn saved it and we went through, so no problem!! But is worrying that Walker 'thought' he was clipped so he went down, he didn't say I was caught, would he have gone down 'so easily' had Spurs been winning? If you use his theory of being touched in the area and going down then how many penalties would be awarded at corners nowadays?

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    SYH947

    Friday, November 2, 2012

  • Advice to Kyle Walker, when you are in a hole, stop digging. "I'm from up North, I'm not going down softly." The evidence of Michael Owen has already been submitted by DocOhNo, to which I add Prof. Wayne Rooney. Interestingly, Sheffied is about 35 miles north of Brancaster, is that all it takes to be The North? When I lived in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Sheffield was considered the south and my Norfolk accent was considered hilarious. "Howay lads, we've gorra hayseed in here!"

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    Swiss Canary

    Friday, November 2, 2012

  • “If I felt I was touched then I am going to go down. That’s it.’’ So he admits he dived - is this a non-contact sport ? Red Card for Cheat Walker for Diving in the Box !!

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    Dubai Canary

    Friday, November 2, 2012

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