Da Silva charged for tak­ing da dive

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LON­DON: Uefa charged Arse­nal striker Ed­uardo da Silva yes­ter­day with “de­ceiv­ing the ref­eree” by div­ing to win a penalty in a Cham­pi­ons League victory over Celtic.

The Croa­tia in­ter­na­tional, who scored from the re­sult­ing spot kick, could be banned for Arse­nal’s first two group stage matches.

Uefa be­lieves Ed­uardo de­lib­er­ately fell af­ter run­ning to­ward Celtic goal­keeper Ar­tur Boruc in the 26th minute of Wed­nes­day's Cham­pi­ons League play­off sec­ond leg.

“Hav­ing stud­ied video ev­i­dence of the in­ci­dent in ques­tion, the Uefa dis­ci­plinary in­spec­tor de­cided to charge the player con­cerned,” Uefa said .

”Play­ers may be sus­pended for two com­pe­ti­tion matches, or for a spec­i­fied pe­riod, for act­ing with the ob­vi­ous in­tent to cause any match of­fi­cial to make an in­cor­rect de­ci­sion or sup­port­ing his er­ror of judge­ment and thereby caus­ing him to make an in­cor­rect de­ci­sion.”

Arse­nal be­lieves Ed­uardo, who broke his leg in 2008, may have been tak­ing eva­sive action to avoid a re­peat of the in­jury that side­lined him for a year.

“I think if you have had an in­jury like that it’s fairly nat­u­ral that you might want to avoid sig­nif­i­cant con­tact,” said Arse­nal chief ex­ec­u­tive Ivan Gazidis

Ed­uardo main­tains some con­tact was made with the goal­keeper, ac­cord­ing to Arse­nal man­ager Arsene Wenger.

“I’ve spo­ken with him and he said he’d been touched slightly by the player,” Wenger said be­fore Uefa charged Ed­uardo. “He is not a diver, this guy. He’s an hon­est guy.”

Wenger said he was sorry for the in­ci­dent, but sug­gested that Celtic should “take it on the chin.”

“What I think does less harm is that over the two ties I don’t think that that penalty had any in­flu­ence on the end re­sult,” Wenger said. “That makes me a lit­tle bit less sad for Celtic, but I recog­nise it was no penalty.” – Sapa-AP

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