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Al Wasl boss Diego Maradona: I'll teach my players how to dive so we get better decisions from referees

Al Wasl boss Diego Maradona has turned on referees after losing to Al Jazira in UAE's Pro-League on Wednesday, and feels he should teach his players how to dive in order to win decisions.

The two sides came into Wednesday's clash occupying the top two spots on the Pro-League table and the importance of the result wasn't lost on a furious Maradona after the game as his side slipped to third.

"Today the referees seemed like they were putting on a show and not the players," Maradona said.

"The refs controlled the game and all their decisions went Jazira’s way. The referees always seem to lean towards Jazira.

“I think I must train my players how to fall and shout and appeal, maybe that way we can get the referee’s sympathy.”

These two sides played out a thrilling 4-3 clash won by Al Jazira in the Etisalat Cup earlier this season and Maradona said there was a similar instance of poor refereeing back then.

"In the first match, Ricardo Oliveira was clearly offside when he scored but they didn’t flag him. Today Rashed Essa stepped a little across the line and he was called offside," he said.

"I don’t want to say anything about the referees and I hope they don’t take it back against me on the pitch."

Despite the defeat, Maradona insisted the result wouldn't affect the end result of the title race.

“The result will not affect the race to the title. A draw would have been a fair result, their goal came from one chance when we were not concentrating," he said.

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