Troy Deeney believes Premier League players do not deem going down under soft challenges as cheating.

Liverpool and Tottenham were awarded controversial penalties in the Premier League last weekend after Mohamed Salah and Harry Kane were judged to be fouled.

Many criticised the pair for going down with Kane ducking against Brighton and allowing Adam Lallana to jump over him and commit a foul.

Salah went down following a challenge from West Ham's Arthur Masuaku though Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp defended his player.

And Deeney believes Premier League players are accepting of that type of incident.

Mohamed Salah was adjudged to have been fouled by Arthur Masuaku
Mohamed Salah was adjudged to have been fouled by Arthur Masuaku

Striker Deeney told The Sun: “Two of the Premier League's finest players — Mo Salah and Harry Kane — were accused of winning penalties with a lack of total honesty last weekend.

“But if you really think that professional footballers were looking at those incidents and saying, 'It's embarrassing, it's got to stop' then you're sadly mistaken.

“No one in the game is outraged. No one thinks it's anything like an athlete doping in the 100 metres.”

Harry Kane was awarded a penalty following Adam Lallana's challenge
Harry Kane was awarded a penalty following Adam Lallana's challenge

Deeney adds that it is players jobs to win games and that they will do whatever it takes to gain any advantage.

There is also an acceptance that a player can go down under any sort of contact from a defender in the box with Deeney adding that the opposition will not seriously complain.

And the Watford man adds that booking players for diving has had little impact as there is no embarrassment factor.

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On his incident, Kane said: “I think cheating is when you try deliberately to draw a foul or jump over someone or fall to the ground without any contact.

“I think it’s clear that my one was both of us challenging for the ball and I tried to shield the ball my way and someone came through the back of me. It’s part of the game.”