Football

Marquez: Robben told me 
it's not a penalty

Mexico's captain Rafael Marquez claims Arjen Robben admitted to him that the Dutch forward should not have been awarded the penalty that decided this morning's (Singapore time) last-16 clash.

Marquez said in comments that were translated from Spanish that Robben told him after the game in the players' changing area "that it wasn't a penalty, though one of the previous (tackles) was".

The Dutch forward went down several times in the box, with replays suggesting at least one of the incidents could well have been given as a penalty.

"I believe it was not a penalty," Marquez added, of the last-gasp action that cost his team the game. "I felt I touched the ground but I didn't touch him - maybe he touched me."

The Mexico captain said that Robben, 30, had abused the spirit of the game.

"For 10 fouls that he receives, he lets himself fall over for five, and that's not fair play," Marquez said. - Reuters.

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