Arjen Robben Apologizes for Flop Against Mexico…But Not THAT Flop (GIF)
Turns out Dutch airline KLM weren’t the only ones trolling Mexico after the Netherlands came from behind to shock El Tri in the Round of 16 at the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Just a few hours after jamming a metaphorical knife in Mexico’s metaphorical side, Arjen Robben got on Dutch TV and gave that knife a good twist.
Robben, of course, was the one who drew the penalty shot that won the game for the Oranje in the 92nd minute. And, as you probably know, the sports world is split as to whether the call was correct. Some say the penalty was legit because Rafa Marquez totally made contact with Robben. Others say Robben flopped and was unjustly rewarded.
Of course, nobody with eyes and a basic understanding of gravity and physics really thinks Marquez took Robben down. What it really comes down to is whether you think the referee should have known better, or whether you think he had no choice but to make the call once Marquez stuck his lazy foot out there. On the one hand, yeah, in real time it looked like a penalty. On the other hand, Robben is one of the biggest floppers in the game and should never be given the benefit of the doubt.
Personally, I think it was a total flop and should have been a no-call. The guy dove all day long and the 92nd minute of a tied knockout game was no time to start believing him. And if you agree with me, then you’ll find Robben’s post-game comments pretty infuriating.
“I have to apologize,” he told Dutch TV, setting up his hilarious punchline. “In the first half I took a dive. The one at the end was a penalty.”
What a dick.
Hat Tip – [Deadspin]