UEFA: Eduardo Is A Cheat

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Arsenal will fight to clear Eduardo’s name after UEFA branded him a cheat.

Europe’s governing body banned the striker for two games after finding him guilty of ‘deceiving the referee’ by diving to win a penalty during last week’s Champions League qualifier against Celtic.

Eduardo is banned for Arsenal’s first two Champions League games against Standard Liege and Olympiakos.

But the Gunners are convinced the Croat has not been given a fair hearing and are ready to appeal.

A club statement read: “We are disappointed with UEFA’s decision.

“We believe it is imperative UEFA’s explanation for its decision provides clear and comprehensive standards that will be consistently enforced.”

Croatia boss Slaven Bilic last night slammed Eduardo’s dive ban as ‘a disgrace’.

Bilic – who ironically dived to get Laurent Blanc sent off in the 1998 World Cup semi-final – said: “This is a disgrace.

“We are talking about a player who is a role model of a sportsman.

“I simply cannot understand how he can be punished.”

The Sun

~ by footballdirecta on September 2, 2009.

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