Joleon Lescott: Ashley Young is no diver

Ashley Young
© PA Photos
Joleon Lescott says that Ashley Young is not a diver.

Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott does not believe that Ashley Young is guilty of diving.

The Red Devils winger has come in for criticism recently after being accused of going to ground too easily to win penalties against Queens Park Rangers and Aston Villa.

However, Lescott has jumped to the defence of his England teammate, whom he said is staying within the laws of the game.

"A lot has been made of what has happened with Ashley in United's last few games, but if you don't make contact with him then he can't go down," said the 29-year-old. "I don't think he will go down without contact. He is feeling the ­defender and making the most of it.

"I'd like to think we would get the same decision if it happened to one of our players. In every team, players are taught to win penalties as long as they stay within the rules of the game. We're no different."

Lescott moved to Manchester City for £24m from Everton in 2009.

Related Video
Europa League
5pm
Dynamo Moscow
vs
PSV
5pm
Krasnodar
vs
Everton
6pm
Feyenoord
vs
Standard Liege
6pm
Rijeka
vs
Sevilla
6pm
Wolfsburg
vs
Lille
6pm
Sparta Prague
vs
Young Boys
6pm
Slovan Bratislava
vs
Napoli
6pm
Dynamo Kiev
vs
Bucuresti
6pm
AaB
vs
Rio Ave
6pm
Guingamp
vs
PAOK
6pm
Dinamo Minsk
vs
Fiorentina
6pm
Lokeren
vs
Metalist Kharkiv
6pm
Trabzonspor
vs
Legia
8.05pm
FC Zurich
vs
Borussia M'bach
8.05pm
Villarreal
vs
Apollon Limassol
8.05pm
HJK
vs
Club Brugge
8.05pm
Torino
vs
Copenhagen
8.05pm
Asteras Tripolis
vs
Partizan
8.05pm
Spurs
vs
Besiktas
8.05pm
Astra
vs
Salzburg
8.05pm
Celtic
vs
Dinamo Zagreb
8.05pm
Estoril
vs
Panathinaikos
8.05pm
Inter Milan
vs
Qarabag FK
8.05pm
St Etienne
vs
Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk
Tables