Sheffield Wednesday coach Lee Bullen claims Fernando Forestieri has unfairly gained diving reputation

The forward was booked during the Owls' Championship clash with MK Dons on Tuesday.

Sheffield Wednesday coach Lee Bullen has claimed that Fernando Forestieri is paying the price for being unfairly labelled as a diver after the forward was cautioned during the Owls' clash with MK Dons on Tuesday, the Sheffield Star reports.

The 26-year-old was booked for simulation for the third time in his last nine games after the referee decided that he had tried to cheat to win a free-kick during the goalless draw with the Dons, but Bullen insisted that the former Watford man did not deserve the booking before suggesting that he needs more protection from officials.

"Fernando had to get out the road of the tackle," he told the Sheffield Star.

"It is not a yellow card but the kid is paying for some sort of reputation. It is ridiculous. It is completely undeserved.

"He's not that type of player. He is probably one of the most fouled players in this league and it is getting frustrating."

While some may assume Bullen's reaction has come from the frustration of failing to beat a side that are fighting at the wrong end of the table, initial replays of the challenge made it appear a very strange decision from the official to book Forestieri as there appears to be considerable contact made.

And having watched the Italian be handed a second yellow and be dismissed against Hull in February following a tackle from Michael Dawson - which the Tigers defender later admitted saw him make contact with the striker (via Sky Sports) - it is understandable that after watching their side hit the upright on several occasions, Forestieri's latest caution was the final straw for Wednesday's patience. 

And Carlos Carvalhal will be desperate for the officials to start giving his top goalscorer the benefit of the doubt in the future as it may ultimately prove pivotal in their hopes of securing promotion to the Premier League. 

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