Watford striker Troy Deeney has labelled his teammate Juan Carlos Paredes “pathetic” after the latter’s scrap with Diego Costa against Chelsea on Wednesday night.
Costa was once again the centre of attention as he sparred with several Hornets’ players, before being booked by referee Mike Dean after his altercation with Paredes.
The Spaniard appeared to be punched by Paredes, only for the Ecuadorian to go down after a brief skirmish with the Blues striker.
Speaking to talkSPORT, Deeney has said that Paredes, who was also shown a yellow card, is “an idiot” for rolling on the floor:
“The way I grew up playing football, people would probably get a kick for rolling around and doing it the other way. I just thought it was a bit pathetic,” Deeney said.
“My only question to the referee was if Costa is going to get another talking to, what was the point in talking to him the first time?
“He agreed with it, gave a yellow card and booked our guy, too. When he booked our guy I can’t say anything because if you roll around like an idiot that is what you get.
“I am going to try and protect my man as much as I can but he didn’t help himself, let’s put it that way.”
Paredes spent his early years playing in the Ecuadorian Serie A, before moving to Vicarage Road in the summer of 2014, and Deeney believes that the difference in culture may be to blame:
“Look at me: I am a big guy so when I go down, normally it hurts. I don’t throw myself on the floor,” Deeney added.
“I am just brought up old-school and I don’t get why would you go down.
“It is different. I don’t think if I go down, roll around and hold my face people are going to think I am cool, they are going to think you look more of an idiot, to be honest
“I’ll have a chat with him but he is not from England, he is not brought up the way I am brought up, whereas the way he is used to playing, that is normal.”