Not surprisingly, news of UEFA's decision to overrule Eduardo's two match ban for 'diving' against Celtic has created quite an uprising in footballing circles around the world.
The "fact" that the Croatian forward had dived appeared to be a foregone conclusion, and the culprit was rightly handed a two game penalty for "deceiving the referee."
Arsenal refused to budge and appealed against the ban, which was eventually overturned. The question worth asking here is—"Why?"
Let's have a look at what UEFA have to say in defense of their actions.
A statement from UEFA reads: "Following examination of all the evidence, notably the declarations of both the referee and the referees' assessor, as well as the various video footage, it was not established to the panel's satisfaction that the referee had been deceived in taking his decision on the penalty."
Read that again folks.
Nope, your eyes aren't letting you down here.
UEFA have made yet another controversial decision here.
Did I say controversial?
UEFA's rather useless "Appeals Body" was not satisfied enough to conclude whether or not Eduardo was guilty.
Are you bloody, kidding me?
Are they blind?
I could look at the video once and say without a shadow of a doubt that he had indeed dove.
A six-year-old kid could tell between Eduardo's theatrics and a genuine fall apart.
UEFA, not for the first time, has made a complete mockery out of itself and their highly esteemed Appeals Body is just a laughing stock.
A sad day in the history of the beautiful game when the inmate has managed to escape from prison without a scratch.
Hypocrisy is an evil which apparently runs freely within Europe's footballing body.
Arsenal aren't too far behind, though, and the Gunners also released a statement which reads: "We are grateful that the appeal body focused on the evidence and made the right decision in this case."
"We were able to show that there was contact between the goalkeeper and Eduardo and that the decision of the UEFA disciplinary body should be annulled.
"We fully support the drive for fair play in football and believe it is important that UEFA provide clear and comprehensive standards that will be consistently enforced going forward."
If I have any more of this, I might just cry.
Whatever happened to the beautiful game?
Well, let's go ahead and hear what the man of the moment, Eduardo, has to say in the aftermath of being released from jail.
"I'm 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.
"All I remember of the incident is that as soon as I had possession of the ball I headed towards goal at full speed. I was very close to the Celtic keeper and felt contact on my foot and then lost my balance. I know perhaps more than anyone else that when you have contact at speed it can be dangerous." "I just want to say that I'm a fair player. To score goals you must take your opportunities and I'm not the type of player who needs to be dishonest to score goals."
"All I remember of the incident is that as soon as I had possession of the ball I headed towards goal at full speed. I was very close to the Celtic keeper and felt contact on my foot and then lost my balance. I know perhaps more than anyone else that when you have contact at speed it can be dangerous."
"I just want to say that I'm a fair player. To score goals you must take your opportunities and I'm not the type of player who needs to be dishonest to score goals."
This is a very sad day for football when a obvious cheat wins the day. Please, can we set a standard for our youngsters who are the future in this game?
Absolutely ridiculous. It was definitely "simulation," and now the message is that diving is acceptable. What a waste of time. UEFA should have the courage of their convictions.
"When you feel contact, you go down." That's where football is heading and apparently UEFA is fully behind this idea.
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