Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 29 July 2014

Scottish FA boss Smith defends dive talking

Scottish FA chief executive Gordon Smith has explained why he will not get involved in Aiden McGeady's controversial sending-off against Hibernian despite having called on UEFA to investigate Eduardo amid a similar row over simulation last week.

Smith urged UEFA to take action against the Arsenal striker for diving to win a penalty in the Champions League play-off round second leg against Celtic last Wednesday at the Emirates Stadium.

The Croatia international has since been charged with “deceiving the referee” and could face a two-game ban.

Celtic midfielder McGeady was shown a second yellow card by referee Dougie McDonald at Easter Road on Sunday after going to ground following a challenge by Hibernian defender Paul Hanlon.

Smith explained that he hasn’t discussed the McGeady incident in order to not prejudice the case.

The chief executive said: “For anyone to say that I am keeping quiet for a reason, they have no idea.

“I am making it very clear that I can talk about incidents in other places in the world because we don't deal with it.”

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