Arsenal legend Robert Pires has denied accusations from former Leeds United defender Danny Mills that he brought diving to the Premier League, according to reports from EuroSport.
Pires played a huge part for the Gunners during one of their most successful periods, spending six years with the club winning two Premier League trophies and three FA Cups.
However, this past Wednesday Mills claimed that the Frenchman had a “habit of throwing himself to the ground without any provocation”, blasting the attacking midfielder as the man that made diving a common occurrence in the English top flight.
But Pires has hit back on those allegations, citing that he only looked for a foul rather than trying to go down without contact.
“I didn’t bring diving to England,” Pires wrote on The Times.
“There was one controversy against Portsmouth, but there was contact.
“When you run fast with the ball and dribble, a slight touch from a defender or even movement towards you can unbalance you.
“I looked for a foul sometimes, I provoked the defender for sure and most of the time I dribbled past, but I never dived and have never intentionally disrespected anyone.”
The 42-year-old is currently a free agent after spending one season with FC Goa in the Indian Super League, in which he only played eight games, scoring one goal.