Arsenal’s Eduardo Cleared of Diving Charge
European soccer’s governing body UEFA have today announced that they have overturned the two-match ban initially handed out to Arsenal striker Eduardo da Silva for an alleged dive in the Champions League.
The Brazilian-born Croatia international came under considerable flack from the British media and opposition players alike after winning a questionable penalty against Scottish Premier League side Celtic in a European recent tie.
There, Eduardo appeared to go to ground easily under minimal contact from Celtic ‘keeper Artur Boruc and UEFA retrospectively issued a two-match ban to the forward after the referee admitted he had not had a perfect view of the incident.
However, following an appeal from Arsenal which proved that the video evidence of the incident was inconclusive, UEFA decided to rescind the ban and Eduardo will now be available to play in the next fixture away to Standard Liege on Wednesday.
A statement from the 26-year-old striker on the club’s official website read: “I am very pleased that we have finally arrived at the truth. All we needed to do was to prove what happened and we have managed to do that. This decision makes me feel a lot better and now I just want to think about our match on Wednesday.”