Robbie Savage: Gareth Bale wasn't a cheat, Chelsea's diving is a different story

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The former Tottenham Hotspur star didn't intentionally dive during his time in the Premier League, according to the pundit.

Robbie Savage was disappointed by some of Chelsea's behaviour in the Premier League last weekend, although he insists former Tottenham Hotspur forward Gareth Bale was less guilty of the same offence.

The former Premier League midfielder was unimpressed with incidents involving Chelsea's Gary Cahill and Diego Costa.

However, former Tottenham star Bale was sprinting at top speed so was forced to ground easier, the pundit argues.

"Sometimes, when you are running at full tilt and you anticipate a tackle, you might go to ground simply because you lose your balance when hurdling a defender’s challenge," Savage wrote in his regular column for the Daily Mirror.

"Does that make you a cheat? Not in my book - especially if the alternative is to wait for the challenge to come clattering in and break your leg.

"Gareth Bale was booked a few times at Tottenham for simulation but in most cases he was sprinting at top speed and even the slightest touch could have knocked him off-balance."

On Chelsea, however, Savage was far from complimentary by comparison: "When two players in the same team are booked for diving and a third is lucky to escape a red card for the same offence because he has already been cautioned, it makes you fear for the game’s virtues.

"Let’s get one thing straight: Gary Cahill was a lucky boy against Hull."

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