Arsenal ‘Disappointed’ By Eduardo’s UEFA Ban

Arsenal logoArsenal striker Eduardo da Silva was today banned for two European matches, after he appeared to dive to win a penalty in the Gunners’ Champions League play-off with Celtic last week.

The furore surrounding the issue has seemingly angered everyone at the Emirates, with talk of a witch-hunt by manager Arsene Wenger, and a statement today issued by the club confirmed that the Gunners were clearly unhappy with the way in which the situation has been handled.

A statement on the club’s official website reads:

“The club is disappointed with UEFA’s decision to suspend Eduardo for two Champions League matches starting with [the game against] Standard Liege on September 16.

“We have been informed that we will receive a ‘reasoned decision’ from UEFA by Thursday of this week. Once we receive UEFA’s rationale, we will make a decision on the next steps.

“We have been deeply frustrated by the perfunctory and apparently arbitrary process that UEFA has followed in this instance. We believe it is imperative that UEFA’s explanation for its decision provides clear and comprehensive standards that will be consistently enforced.

“It is also critical that UEFA provides specific details of the processes it plans to adopt in reviewing all games under its jurisdiction.”

The Gunners have three working days in which to appeal the decision.

Goal

~ by footballdirecta on September 1, 2009.

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