A resounding 61% of Goal Singapore readers are positive that Arjen Robben had dived to earn the Netherlands an injury time penalty in the match against Mexico. 28% of readers still believe that the Dutch player is innocent, while a smaller 10.5% remain on the fence about the issue.
The Bayern Munich winger won a spot-kick in injury time to enable Klaas-Jan Huntelaar to score the winner that put Netherlands through to the quarter-finals, in a dramatic comeback victory over Mexico at Arena Castelao last Sunday that had led to the latter’s elimination at the Fifa World Cup.
Robben, who had thoroughly tormented Mexico's defence with his speedy runs, had several penalty appeals turned down earlier in the game, before finally winning a spot-kick in the second minute of injury time. Although he insists that he had genuinely earned the charity being brought down by Rafael Marquez, the Dutchman had caused a stir after the game when he admitted to a diving incident in the first-half of the game.
Following his admission and apology, Robben faced a backlash of criticisms from the football community, with furious Mexico coach Miguel Herrera labeling him as a “cheat”. Since then, the Oranje player has reiterated that while he was a little too honest in confessing to a “silly” dive, he remains adamant that he did not cheat to win his team’s decisive penalty.