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Di Matteo fears Hazard will be branded a 'diver'

ESPN staff
October 8, 2012
Eden Hazard won a number of penalties earlier in the season - but they have since dried up © PA Photos

Roberto Di Matteo believes Premier League referees have quickly grown reluctant to award forward Eden Hazard penalties because he has an unfair reputation for diving.

The Chelsea manager's words came after his side's 4-1 victory over Norwich, in which the Belgian attacker had two penalty calls turned away by referee Andrew Taylor.

The Italian's comments echo those of Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers on Luis Suarez, during a weekend where simulation was once again near the top of the agenda.

"The first three penalties he got in the first few games were clear-cut penalties," Di Matteo said of Hazard. "But there were a few others where he didn't get them so I wouldn't want the officials to have a prejudice against him.

"If it's a foul, it's a foul. Sometimes they get them right, sometimes wrong. I wouldn't accuse my players of going down too easily.

"It's a different culture. In England you need to try everything to try to stay on your feet."

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