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Rajiv van La Parra denies cheat claim

Rajiv van La Parra denies cheat claim

Rajiv van La Parra has denied being a cheat against Burnley and says it was not a problem for Huddersfield boss David Wagner.

The Dutch winger received widespread condemnation for his actions during the goalless draw at Turf Moor after throwing himself to the floor in an attempt to win a penalty when under pressure from Burnley's Matt Lowton.

The 26-year-old was booked for his actions, which were branded "unacceptable" by Clarets boss Sean Dyche in the aftermath.

Van La Parra has now had his chance to reply to the accusations he attempted to cheat to win a spot-kick, claiming he did not intentionally try to con the referee.

"I don't think players do it on purpose," he told the Examiner. "For me it was more instinctive. At the end the player did not hit me but I was expecting him to hit me and that's why I protected myself and that's why I jumped a little bit up."

Van La Parra says Wagner did have a chat with him in regard to his actions but claims he did not have a major issue with his supposed dive.

"He said like I said you do it instinctively and he fully backed me," said van La Parra. "It was not a big problem for him.

"He said there is no one in this world who never cheated so no one can blame each other.

"No one is perfect, that's what he said, and I was happy with his words."

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