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DIVING CHEAT CLAIMS IT WAS A FIRST, BUT WHAT ABOUT HIS HEARTS DIVE?

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DISGRACED Dutch diver Alex Schalk has apologised for conning referee Don Robertson to earn a late penalty-kick in Ross County’s 2-2 draw with Celtic. He has also claimed that he has never dived before, despite being booked for doing exactly that earlier in the season against Hearts.
The cheating striker will not appeal the two-game SFA ban handed to him for last Sunday’s blatant cheating that denied the Hoops from another win.

Shamed Schalk said: “I really want to apologise to the referee, to Celtic and the fans.

“I’ve seen it back, and it’s stupid. I don’t know what I was thinking.

“There was no contact and I just want to say sorry. It will never happen again.

“I’m not a diver. I’ve never dived before, never been booked for diving in Holland or in Scotland. I don’t know where it came from.”

Really? Obviously he has forgotten about his booking against Hearts for taking a dive to try to con a penalty.

“It is done now, I can’t change it any more. I’ll take it on the chin and move on from there.”

Ropey ref Robertson bought into Schalk’s ludicrous piece of simulation and awarded the spot-kick that was put away by Liam Boyce.

The player added: “From now on, I just want to let my football do the talking and leave it at that.

“I was disappointed when I saw the incident back.

“I did expect contact. I anticipated it. I was waiting on Erik Sviatchenko to make contact with me and it never came.

“I know my apology won’t change anything and I’ve not done myself a great favour.”

Dingwall boss Jim McIntyre said: “There’s no hiding place from it and I’ve had a word with Alex.

“He’s gutted watching it back. It doesn’t look good and he’s apologised for that.

“It’s the first time he has been involved in a situation like that throughout his career.

“We’ll take the two-game ban that’s coming his way and deservedly so.

“It was simulation. We won’t be dressing it up any other way and Alex knows it can’t happen again.

“Did I like what I saw? No. Am I happy we got a point from that? No.

“This decision has gone in our favour, but that doesn’t mean it sits well with us.

“The bottom line is we deserve criticism for that incident and I won’t hide from that.

“Alex has been told in no uncertain terms it can’t happen again.

“He came to me and apologised. We draw a line under it and move on.”

Inverness, who were themselves the victims of a crazy goal decision at Motherwell which could have cost the Highlanders 3 points on Saturday, would have watched in anguish as their relegation rivals robbed a point through Schalk’s cheating on Sunday.

That dive could prove to be enough to keep Ross County in the Premiership.

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