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Giwa FC striker denies diving

22 September 2014, 21:33

Lagos - Giwa FC striker Charles Okoro has denied that he took a dive, which earned a booking during Sunday's Glo Nigerian Premier League clash against Taraba FC.

Mohammed Saleh scored a brace from the penalty spot, with Shuaibu Ibrahim netting the third to seal a comfortable 3-0 victory for Giwa.

Okoro felt he did not deserve the yellow card, which has ruled him out of the midweek trip to Uyo for the encounter against Akwa United because suspension.

Speaking to the official LMC website, the former Dolphins marksman insisted that he did not attempt simulation and lamented the prospect of missing his side's next match.

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"I'm not a diver, I don't dive or play tricks and I don't know what happened in that particular situation that got me booked," he said.

"The referee saw it differently I think. The referee saw it as diving but to me it was not a dive because I was actually hacked down.

"The suspension occasioned by two yellow cards is a very unfortunate situation for me and the club. I was looking forward to the match and maybe, it is possible I would have scored.

"I have scored important goals for the club and it has helped keep us comfortable on the log. But I will be back and my message to the fans is that the goals have not dried up, more goals are coming," added the striker.

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