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Scottish FA boss Smith defends dive talking

Published 01/09/2009

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.”

Belfast Telegraph

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