'Is it going to take a serious injury?' - Hibs' Martin Boyle has say on 'diving' reputation

Martin Boyle insists he isn’t a diver – but the Hibs winger maintains that in the modern game he has a right to go down if he feels contact.

By Patrick McPartlin
Friday, 17th December 2021, 12:17 pm
Martin Boyle has addressed claims that he is a diver
Martin Boyle has addressed claims that he is a diver

The Australian internationalist was lambasted by opposition managers last season with former Ross County boss John Hughes accusing the 28-year-old of diving to win a penalty in a 2-1 victory over the Staggies in Dingwall.

Speaking to BBC Sportsound Hughes said: “I think Boyle conned [referee] John Beaton.

"He was very clever and it's part and parcel of the game, but the last time I saw a dive like that the boy had Speedos on.”

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Boyle was questioned by Sky Sports about the unwanted label but the attacker insists there isn’t anything sinister behind his style of play.

“I had it last season – numerous managers coming out and slaughtering me and stuff like that,” he explained.

"You take it on the chin and move on. The kind of player I am, the way I move and glide with the ball – I’m 60kg so I’m easy to bundle over.

"I’m not saying I’m a diver, but I’m saying that if I feel contact, it’s part and parcel of the game that you more than have a right to go down.”

Asked if it was frustrating to be landed with a reputation that might influence referees, Boyle added: “I think it has changed recently; I’m not getting as much and in my eyes, is it going to take a serious injury to me for them to realise?”