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Soccer-Robben confessed penalty unfair, says Mexico captain

Reuters

By Matias Martinez

FORTALEZA, Brazil, June 29 (Reuters) - Mexico's captain

Rafael Marquez said Arjen Robben had admitted to him that the

Dutch forward should not have been awarded the penalty that

decided Sunday's last-16 clash.

With extra time looming, the pacey Robben went down in the

box under a challenge from defender Marquez, giving the

Netherlands a penalty that won the game 2-1 but brought

accusations of play-acting from Mexico.

Robben told him after the game in the players' changing area

"that it wasn't a penalty, though one of the previous (tackles)

was," Marquez told journalists in comments that were translated

from Spanish.

The Dutch forward went down several times in the box during

the match 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 lost his team the game. "I felt I touched

the ground but I didn't touch him, maybe he touched me."

The Mexico captain said Robben, 30, who has had a brilliant

career but often been accused of diving, 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.

"That has to change. Unfortunately in this World Cup it

wasn't just once or twice that these things affected us, but I

don't want to make excuses."

(Writing by Andrew Cawthorne, Editing by Nigel Hunt)

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