Former England striker Owen admits falling to win penalties
LONDON (REUTERS) - Former England striker Michael Owen admitted he had fallen down to win penalties when he could have stayed on his feet but said he would never dive to win a penalty for any side.
The former Liverpool, Real Madrid and Newcastle United striker, now 32, is attempting to revive his career at Premier League Stoke City after an injury-blighted spell at Manchester United ended in the off-season.
During a discussion on diving, Owen gave an unusually honest answer to delegates as part of a three-man panel at the Leaders In Football business convention at the Stamford Bridge home of European champions Chelsea.
Sitting alongside Pierluigi Collina, the former World Cup referee who is now UEFA's chief refereeing officer, Owen said: "It is in our game, it is happening so fast these days that it is virtually impossible to see whether there was contact.