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Rooney dive wouldn't get same treatment as Eduardo: Wenger

sports Updated: Sep 11, 2009 17:37 IST

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger claims a high-profile dive from Wayne Rooney would not get the sort of criticism that led to Eduardo being handed a two-match European ban.

Wenger continues to defend Eduardo after the Arsenal forward was suspended by UEFA, European football's governing body, for deceiving the referee to earn a penalty against Celtic in the Champions League.

The Frenchman is adamant Eduardo did not dive and has slammed the critics again by suggesting England striker Rooney would not be condemned if he helped his country lift the World Cup by winning a controversial penalty.

Rooney's tumble to win a spot-kick for England in last weekend's friendly against Slovenia has been questioned and Wenger thinks there is a fine line between criticism and praise.

"England are in the World Cup next year and if Rooney goes down in the last minute of the game, and England win the World Cup, do you really think he will be slaughtered for it?" Wenger asked.

"It's a very emotional situation. Being a hero or being a cheat depends very much on which side of the camp you are on.

"I believe it was a penalty, but when you see the incident on the television Eduardo does make a bit more of it.

"But it's a very fine line between being shrewd and cheating the referee. You cannot prove intent from a guy who is touched. He goes down and shows the referee that it is a penalty."