McFadden - I'll never dive
Blues attacker insists he would never fake a foul
By James Riach. Last Updated: November 13, 2009 12:36pm
Birmingham City forward James McFadden says he would never take a dive to win his team a game.
"I wouldn't ever deliberately dive and try to con a penalty for any benefit because in the end you look stupid" Quotes of the week
The 26-year-old Scotland international was part of the Blues side that was denied a win against Liverpool on Monday after Reds striker David Ngog went down in the penalty area despite not being touched by Lee Carsley.
Ngog's dive has brought criticism from a number of quarters, with Carsley slamming the Frenchman's actions as 'embarrassing'.
McFadden's international team-mate Kevin Kyle suggested that he would be prepared to dive for Scotland if a place in the World Cup was at stake, but the former Everton and Motherwell forward holds a much different opinion.
"No way, no," he said. "I find it hard, I couldn't dive.
"Sometimes you go down when someone hasn't touched you but that's not necessarily a dive.
"I wouldn't ever deliberately dive and try to con a penalty for any benefit because in the end you look stupid.
"You might win that game but you look stupid. Look at the incident on Monday night, it was embarrassing.
"Liverpool got the draw but everybody knows it was a dive. It's not nice to see it. It's frustrating because it's the difference between winning and losing.
"It happens in the game but it's not nice when it happens against you."
McFadden even went as far to say that if he went down when there had been no contact, he would hold his hands up and admit to the referee he had not been fouled.
"I think I'd maybe say to the ref 'look, he never touched me'," he added. "I've been booked for diving before when I wasn't diving, but I wasn't even appealing for anything.
"I said to the referee that I wasn't diving but the referee has got to call it as they see it and they have got a difficult job."