Stan Collymore lays into Liverpool striker Christian Benteke

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The former Premier League marksman takes aim at a couple of people in his impassioned column about diving.

Writing in his column for Boyle Sports, Stan Collymore slammed Liverpool striker Christian Benteke for 'cheating' and BBC's Match of the Day 2 host Mark Chapman for defending the the Belgian's perceived theatrics.

The Reds' 2-1 win over Crystal Palace on Sunday was shrouded in controversy after Benteke won and scored a last-minute penalty to give 10-man Liverpool - who came from behind after James Milner was sent off - all three points at Selhurst Park.

The towering striker courted criticism afterwards for the way in which he won the contentious penalty from defender Damien Delaney, with ex-Premier League referee Dermot Gallagher stating that Andre Marriner got the decision wrong.

The incident infuriated ex-Liverpool hitman Collymore, who wrote in his Boyle Sports column that 'diving is a cancer eating away at the soul and moral compass of football', before taking a swipe at Chapman for his views.

"Diving is a cancer eating away at the soul and moral compass of football. Ex-pros who did it, or profited from teammates who did it, are brainwashing a gullible TV audience in particular, that cheating is ok. “You have the RIGHT” to go down," he wrote.

"Even Mark Chapman on MOTD 2, a man who is there to ask industry professionals the questions, not to give answers himself, and has no discernible (to my knowledge) experience of how difficult it is to go down when touched, weighed into the Benteke affair with “well of course he took his foot away.

"Really Mark? A 14 stone striker barely touched who was on his way down before he was breathed on, and who’s pained expression was that of a man impaled on a stake had his foot took away did he? Nothing like a sheep to join a studio full of punditry sheep protecting their own ar**s and rather skewed views on competing fairly and squarely!"

Benteke, 25, has also been condemned on Twitter for what many social media users believe to have been a dive too, though plenty - including Gary Lineker - have also claimed that it was a foul by Delaney.

Controversy aside, the victory kept alive Liverpool's slim hopes of securing a top-four finish, with Jurgen Klopp's side still seventh and six points behind Manchester City.

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