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Scottish football chief: ban Eduardo for diving

Scottish football chief: ban Eduardo for diving

Arsenal striker Eduardo da Silva should be punished by UEFA for apparently diving to win a penalty against Celtic, according to the head of Scotland's Football Association.
The spot kick was awarded in Wednesday's Champions League playoff when Eduardo appeared to throw himself to the ground despite the apparent absence of contact from Celtic goalkeeper Artur Boruc.
Celtic was trailing 2-0 from the first leg in Glasgow, and Eduardo scored from the resultant penalty spot to open the scoring for the Gunners who went on to win 3-1 at the Emirates Stadium to book a place in the lucrative group stage.
"He showed disrespect to the game by his actions in winning a penalty against Celtic," SFA chief executive Gordon Smith said Thursday. "We have shown the courage to use retrospective punishment when it comes to simulation. I would urge UEFA to do so in this instance. Everything that can be done to stamp it out must be done. Starting right now ... taking action would be a much more powerful deterrent and would send the right message to players everywhere."
Smith says FIFA and UEFA must take the problem of simulation more seriously, arguing that Wednesday's incident reinforces the need for TV replays, which he has pushed for at meetings of the International Football Association Board _ the sport's rule making body.
"I don't think that I have received enough support in my efforts to eradicate what I believe to be one of the most serious threats to the integrity of football," Smith said.
"I know that some people say that TV evidence would damage the flow of a game," he added. "But I believe the proposal that I put forward to both FIFA and UEFA whereby football would adopt a similar approach to tennis in offering a set number of challenges can work."


Updated : 2021-02-26 21:37 GMT+08:00