Celtic star Massimo Donati today demanded that UEFA ban Eduardo for cheating after the Arsenal striker’s outrageous dive in the Champions League.
Tony Mowbray’s men were unlikely to overcome the Gunners at the Emirates last night, trailing by 2-0 from the first leg, but hopes of a turnaround vanished when Eduardo won a first half penalty after falling down all too easily from the faintest of challenges from Celtic ’keeper Artur Boruc.
The Croatian converted the spot-kick himself to put Arsenal in total control. Emmanuel Eboué and Andrei Arshavin scored after the break to earn a 3-1 win on the night and a 5-1 win on aggregate.
Italian ace Donati smashed home a fine consolation for the Bhoys, but that did little to ease the anger felt in the Celtic dressing room about Eduardo’s antics.
Donati said that Eduardo should be treated the same way as Lithuania striker Saulius Mikoliunas who cheated to win a penalty against Scotland at Hampden Park in September 2007. He was tried on video evidence by UEFA and given a two-match ban.
Donati said: “If it is clear on TV then UEFA must act against Eduardo and ban him. I think he should get a two-match ban because it wasn't a penalty. Everyone in the Celtic team told him that.”
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger stated: “I believe that it was not a penalty but I'm not sure that the keeper didn't touch him with his right knee. “Is it acceptable?
“I never asked in my life any guy to dive to win a penalty but, sometimes, the players go down because there is no other way to escape the tackling of the keeper. Sometimes they dive.”
The Gunners along with Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea and Rangers will all enter tonight’s draw for the Champions League group stages with much interest in who will draw Cristiano Ronaldo, Xabi Alonso, Kaka and the new look Real Madrid side.