Tottenham winger Townsend vows to cut out diving after Chelsea booking

Tottenham Hotspur winger Andros Townsend has admitted to diving against Chelsea in the Premier League meeting between the sides on Saturday, Sky Sports has reported, and has vowed to cut out simulation from his game.

Townsend was booked for the non-incident with Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard and held his hands up to referee Mike Dean immediately, apologising to the official for trying to con a free-kick from him. “It was definitely a yellow card. I deserved it,” Townsend said.

You make mistakes and that dive was a mistake,” the 22-year-old insisted. “I apologised to the ref. I said to him at half-time that I thoroughly deserved it and hopefully I won’t do that again. I have got to kick it out of my game.

Townsend had been accused of diving to win a penalty during Tottenham’s 1-0 win over Swansea earlier in the season but denied that was the case, claiming that at the speed he was running it only needs a slight touch from an opposition player to send him sprawling.

Explaining the dive from a Lampard tackle, Townsend said: “It goes so fast, I came inside and I saw his leg and I went over and he pulled out at the last minute. I didn’t have time to react to that. It’s sort of instinct. People said I dived against Swansea, but if you are running that fast, with any little touch you are going to go over.

Townsend has broken into the Spurs team this season and Sky Sports believes he is in line to make his England debut in the next round of internationals, where he could feature alongside Lampard. The Chelsea player was also reluctant to criticise Townsend, admitting he preferred that the winger went down rather than keep running given the pace with which he moves.

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