Witteveen refutes dive claim

Hearts striker denies conning officials to earn spot-kick

Witteveen: Honest player

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Hearts striker David Witteveen has hit back at Hamilton's Martin Canning for labelling him a diver.

The Austrian incurred the wrath of the Accies defender during Saturday's SPL clash at Tynecastle.

Hearts won that game 2-1, thanks in part to a second-half penalty won by Witteveeen.

The former Red Bull Salzburg ace tumbled under a challenge from Canning after 56 minutes, allowing Michael Stewart the opportunity to convert from the spot.

Canning accused Witteveen after the game of having conned the officials into getting the decision, but the 24-year-old has strongly refuted those claims.

"There was no doubt it was a penalty," he told the Daily Record.

Honest

"I tried to go past the defender, he tackled me and caught my leg. That is why I went down, not because I dived.

"I was told about what has been said and at first thought it was a joke. Anyone who bothered to watch the highlights of the game would see it wasn't a good challenge from the Hamilton player, especially as it was inside the box.

"He might look at himself and think he shouldn't have made the tackle. I slept well on Saturday night knowing I am an honest footballer. I don't go out to cheat.

"I was fouled, the referee gave a penalty, he was right to do so and we scored. The opponents maybe didn't like it but that is football."

Meanwhile, Hearts boss Csabo Laszlo has informed on-loan FBK Kaunas midfielder Marius Cinikas that he has little hope of breaking into his first-team plans.

He said: "We have Suso (Santana), (David) Templeton is coming back and (Arvydas) Novikovas can also play there. I think I will give more chances to these people, they are further in their development."