Walcott apologises for Leeds cup dive

Arsenal forward Theo Walcott has apologised for diving in Arsenal’s FA Cup clash against Leeds United.

Walcott went tumbling to the ground in the dying minutes of the game as his team trailed 1-0 to the Championship side and has since admitted to diving to try and win a penalty for the home side. Referee Phil Dowd initially gave the penalty but changed his mind after speaking to his assistant.

After the game, the 21-year-old issued a statement apologising for his actions: “I want to apologise because I actually dived. I was trying to win the penalty.” He added: “I am not the sort of player to do it, but I own up to it and apologise. It is something I don’t want to see in my game.”

The striker later revealed he felt shame for trying to deceive the referee and that he joked about the incident with the Phil Dowd: “It was one of those things. I am not happy with myself, but I am happy with the draw. I even had a joke with the referee saying ‘that was my first dive, can you tell?’”

Shortly after the incident Walcott had his shirt tugged by Ben Parker in the penalty area and the man in black had no option but to award the spot-kick which captain Cesc Fabregas stepped up to convert, ending the game 1-1.

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