Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Diving Disgrace

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Diving Disgrace

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FOOTBALL: Socceroos winger Mathew Leckie has taken aim at France's gamesmanship and a whistle-happy referee after Australia's heartbreaking 2-1 loss, insisting it's a bad look for football.

Leckie is walking a disciplinary tightrope for the rest of the World Cup group stages after earning a yellow card during a frustrating afternoon in Kazan.

The speedster went in to the book in the 13th minute and conceded a further four fouls, with France left-back Lucas Hernandez going down easily on several occasions. It drew the ire of Australian fans in the crowd, who went on to boo every touch from the Atletico Madrid youngster, and Leckie says it's a blight on football.

"It's disappointing for the game, that's the type of controversy that upsets people about football," he said.

"It doesn't help when my opponent, the left defender (Hernandez), was falling over and playing a lot of diving.

"It was frustrating, he was literally falling over without any contact and the referee was giving free-kicks. …

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