Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho says that World Cup players should cut out the acting, but stated that’s it’s unfair to focus all the attention on Brazil forward Neymar.
Neymar has been under intense criticism for diving throughout the World Cup tournament, but Mourinho says that England defender Harry Maguire did the same against Colombia.
“People are focusing on Neymar, but if it was only Neymar I’d be happy — but it’s not only Neymar,” Mourinho said, according to RT.
“Every team has lots of diving, lots of pretending, lots of putting pressure on the referee. The game loses quality, and for me that was the negative point.
“It’s not about England and Colombia, it’s almost every match, they are creating such a difficult job for the referees in every match. Even with VAR the players are creating problems.
“I was surprised to see central defenders like Harry Maguire, normally he is a very honest guy, diving in the attacking box asking the referee for VAR.
“The players should feel the responsibility of playing in the World Cup in front of billions of spectators.”
Mourinho also says that he believes that England has a “golden chance” to reach the World Cup final for the first time in more than 50 years.
“For many years England is not reaching this stage of the competition, so being in the quarterfinals, playing against Sweden, having for the semifinal the winner of Russia versus Croatia, I would say England has a golden chance to be in the World Cup final,” Mourinho continued.
“By the English point of view it depends on the way you look at it,” he added. “If the most important point of view is the result, if the most important thing is to win, if the most important thing is to be in the quarterfinals, then great, job done, people are happy.
“If you focus on the quality of the game, if you focus on the dominancy, then you are not so happy.”