Ivan Gazidis: Arsenal Await UEFA Decision On Eduardo Da Silva's "Dive"

Owen WatsonCorrespondent IAugust 28, 2009

SANDTON, SOUTH AFRICA - NOVEMBER 26:  Ivan Gazidis, deputy Commissioner of MLS, speaks at the opening ceremony of Soccerex 2007 at Sandton Convention Centre on November 26, 2007 in Sandton, South Africa. The 11th annual event will bring together delegates and exhibitors from the international football industry and will run from 25-28 November. (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis has said the club are anxious to find out if UEFA plan to take disciplinary action against forward Eduardo.

The Croatian is at the centre of a furore as he won his side a soft penalty against Celtic in Tuesday night's Champions League qualifier. Eduardo tumbled in the box following a challenge from Celtic 'keeper Artur Boruc, and replays showed minimal contact was made.

UEFA president Michel Platini has confirmed they will be looking at the incident and could take retrospective action against Eduardo.

When asked if he expected action to be taken, Gazidis was open-minded.

"I think that's a question for UEFA," he told Sky Sports. "I imagine there could have been a yellow card given if the referee had viewed it as a dive.

"Sometimes the video can be a little bit misleading. I think it's important that the referee is given the benefit of the doubt and that we don't turn against the referee in these situations, but support him.

"I'm sure UEFA will look at it and if Eduardo should have been awarded a yellow card they will take whatever action they think is appropriate," he added.

UEFA have launched an experiment in which two additional referees will be positioned at either end of the field, with a view to assist in key penalty area decisions. The governing body are currently against using video technology.

The Arsenal chief executive added that the club supports the introduction of video technology in specific circumstances, but would be against using it in matters of opinion.

"We've always been in favour of video technology for goal-line decisions, we think that is a very factual decision," said Gazidis.

"Once you start bringing different referees in and different judgements it can get very confusing as to who is in charge and to how they are calling the game.

"It's important there is one referee exercising his judgement because decisions all have context and background and how a game is officiated and how a referee as an individual manages the players through the game is an important part of officiating," he added.

"If you introduce too many cooks into the kitchen you can create real issues for yourself, but on factual decisions, such as goal-line technology, I think that makes sense."


This article was first published on Goal.com