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Arsenal to fight Eduardo`s `cheat` ban

Last Updated: Wednesday, September 2, 2009 - 13:34

London: Arsenal will fight to clear Eduardo`s name after UEFA branded him a cheat.

Europe`s football governing body banned the striker for two games after finding him guilty of "deceiving the referee" by diving to win a penalty during last week`s Champions League qualifier against Celtic.

Eduardo is banned for Arsenal`s first two Champions League games against Standard Liege and Olympiakos.

But the Gunners are convinced the Croat has not been given a fair hearing and are ready to appeal.
"We are disappointed with UEFA`s decision. We believe it is imperative UEFA`s explanation for its decision provides clear and comprehensive standards that will be consistently enforced," a club statement read.

Croatia boss Slaven Bilic last night slammed Eduardo`s dive ban as a disgrace.

Bilic, who ironically dived to get Laurent Blanc sent off in the 1998 World Cup semi-final, said: "This is a disgrace. We are talking about a player who is a role model of a sportsman. I simply cannot understand how he can be punished."


First Published: Wednesday, September 2, 2009 - 13:34

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