Heung-min Son has been widely criticized for his theatrics during Tottenham’s defeat to Manchester United over the weekend, which saw United have a goal ruled out after a VAR review as the Spurs ace went down holding his face after the barest of touches from Scott McTominay.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer accused Son of ‘conning’ officials with his behaviour.
But Deeney says coaches tell their players to go down if they feel a touch and says officials are the real problem.
“You are told to [go down if there’s contact],” he said on Monday’s talkSPORT Breakfast.
“Managers tell you… refs will tell you. I’ll probably get in trouble for this, but oh well.
“If I get smashed and I don’t go down it’s like, ‘oh play on, you’re a big guy, you can look after yourself’.
“But if you do down it’s like, ‘oh it’s blatantly obvious so I can give that now’.
“They do it outside of the penalty area, it’s been happening for years, if someone goes down in the middle of the park it’s safe, blow the whistle, ‘I won’t get in trouble for that’.
“I would expect to be hammered and ridiculed if I went down like that. Not just by the fans but my friends as well.
“If it won us the game, though, it would be worth it. That’s always the argument. But morally is it right? Not for me.
“So I think the referee has to take a huge look at himself for that decision.”