Costa Rica coach Jorge Luis Pinto has urged appointed referee Ravshan Irmatov to keep a close eye on Arjen Robben after the winger admitted to making dives in his previous game, Sky
Robben was accused of diving to win a last gasp penalty for his country as they beat Mexico in the last minute to reach the quarter finals, but while he denied taking a tumble from that particular challenge he admitted he had dived during the game.
And now Pinto is hopeful that the official from Uzbekistan will have a strong enough character to punish Robben should he do it again, and even send him off if necessary.
“I would like to ask FIFA and the referees to watch Robben closely. We’re really worried about Robben’s diving,” said Pinto.
“He admitted that he dived so I hope the next referee and assistant referees are very careful tomorrow.
“I respect them a lot but I tell them: watch out. I hope there are no mistakes.”
The Netherlands star received no punishment from FIFA or authorities despite admitting to his falls, although his admission did earn him widespread scrutiny.
And asked whether an early caution would control his behaviour, Pinto said: “Well that might be the most logical solution.
“Maybe he would have to leave the field because he gets two yellow cards for diving. That could happen. But I want to trust the referees – let’s see what they do on Saturday.”
The 30-year-old has been in super form this World Cup despite this incident, scoring three goals and terrorising defences, and will hope to fire the Dutch past Costa Rica and into the semi finals.