Whalley refutes diving claim

Shaun Whalley
Shaun Whalley

Hatters winger Shaun Whalley denied he had dived to try and win a penalty against Mansfield Town yesterday.

The pacey wideman went down under a challenge from Lee Beevers in the box, only to be yellow carded by referee Gavin Ward for what he felt was simulation.

However, Whalley protested his innocence afterwards, saying: “For me, it’s a penalty.

“I’ve took him on, he’s dangled a leg out and I’ve got over it. I thought the ref had given it when I went down as he blew his whistle, but then I turned around and he’s pointed the other way, so he’s booking me.

“But some you get and some you don’t.”

Boss John Still also felt his winger had been hard done by, adding: “He said he got brought down and from where we were, it looked like it was a foul.

“I always look at the reaction of the player and I’m sure their player thought it was (a penalty).

“Normally they would go up to the referee, but his head went down and he turned away.

“But we’ll look at it on the DVD and I don’t worry about things we can’t control as we’ve won the game.”

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