Celtic midfielder Massimo Donati believes that Arsenal striker
Eduardo should be banned for diving in the Champions League on
Eduardo was awarded a penalty in the Gunners' 3-1 second-leg win at
Emirates Stadium after falling theatrically following a challenge with
Celtic keeper Artrur Boruc. Donati believes Eduardo should be treated the same way as Lithuania
striker Saulius Mikoliunas, who was given a two-match ban after earning
a penalty against Scotland at Hampden Park in September 2007. "If it is clear on TV then Uefa must act against Eduardo and ban him," said Donati, who has been linked with a move to Bari. I think he should get a two-match ban because it wasn't a penalty.
I told him that and everyone in the Celtic team told him that."
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger acknowledged Celtic goalkeeper Artur
Boruc did not bring down Eduardo in the penalty incident but claimed
his forward was taking evasive action.
"I believe that Eduardo, with what happened to him, I am a bit
cautious," Wenger said. "You don't know because he might have jumped
out of the way as well. I don't think he would have complained if the
penalty was not given but did he want to get out of the way of the
keeper? I do not want a penalty which is not a penalty but I do not go as far
to say Eduardo dived. From the outside, I must say it looked a penalty
but, having seen it again, it doesn't look to be a penalty. I must say,
though, we always looked in control."
Celtic defender Glenn Loovens was in no doubt Eduardo had dived.
"I don't think he even speaks English so there was no point talking to him," Loovens added.
"It is very disappointing but that is football. It's sad it happened to us. I don't think it is really fair. But it helped his team take the lead. There is a referee and a linesman to see those kind of things."