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After Spain midfielder Sergio Busquets claimed that simulation in matches is simply "being smart", the Fluminense boss refuses to condemn players over the issue

Fluminense coach Vanderlei Luxemburgo says that simulation is a standard feature of modern football, refusing to condemn players who are guilty of diving.

Luxemburgo saw his side reduced to 10 men while trailing 1-0 against Gremio on Saturday, with forward Biro Biro dismissed after picking up a second booking for diving with 28 minutes to go.

The hosts only rescued a point thanks to Rafael Sobis's 90th-minute strike, which canceled out Bressan's first-half effort, but the coach insists that he will not blame the 18-year-old for his red card.

"Biro's expulsion was not because of the dive," the former Brazil and Real Madrid boss told journalists after the game.

"The first yellow was unnecessary. Simulation the part of the game of football. If Biro deserved to go or not is for others to decide."

Luxemburgo's comments follow those of Barcelona midfileder Sergio Busquets, who recently opined that he saw diving as "being smart" rather than "play-acting".

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