Eduardo Charged by UEFA for "Diving"

August 28, 2009 8:38am CST
Arsenal striker Eduardo has been charged by UEFA for allegedly diving during the Champions League play off match against Celtic earlier this week. It was obvious to everyone, apart from the referee, that he was not touched, but yet he fell to the ground and won a penalty for his team. I imagine he will get a two match ban for his outrageous actions but in my opinion something has to be done to get this blatant cheating kicked out of the game for good.
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@pushkin69 (546)
28 Aug 09
hey there. I saw the game live and it was obvious that he had dived in live time. I think the ref was in a difficult position and he didnt see the great goal keeping. It was terrible what he did and diving is becoming too much of a feature of the modern game. A strict punishment should be issued in order to try and stamp it out for good. It is instances like this where video replays may be a useful feature. Or maybe an additional referee. Either way something needs to be done.
28 Aug 09
You say it's becoming all too common in the modern game but I feel that it's the assumption of diving that has become more common. Especially with players like Cristiano Ronaldo where there have been many moments where he should have had a penalty but has either been booked for diving or told to get up. The biggest example that springs to mind is the game at White Hart Lane last season when Ledley King clearly tripped him but the ref had none of it.
28 Aug 09
thats a good point. But if the diving was stamped out these assumptions would naturally go too. Ronaldo unfortunatley is one of those players that has dived on a number of occasions and its a case of crying wolf! It must be difficult being a ref and certinally is not a job I would want.
31 Aug 09
The players have to hold their hands up and start to behave more honourably. I know in the Europa League (used to be the UEFA Cup) this season there will be an extra two officials (one behind each goal) in each match. It will be interesting to see if this makes any difference at all.
@akuler (3539)
• Malaysia
28 Aug 09
Hi madmillionaire, We can't blame the referee and linesmen for that. Referee can't see everything from his position. So do linesmen. We can see it clearly because it is shown on tv reply. Otherwise we might make a same judgment like the referee did. UEFA president, Platini, has suggested they 2 additional referees added in every games. Their position is at the back goal posts. But I can't see it as a total solution for this. But I also against the usage of technologies. This type of stories (diving) always make a headlines in the sport news. But that is what is football and we have to accept it. I agree if Eduardo is ban for two match. But it is too lenient though. 3 match or more is more suitable to tackle this problem. There are a lot of well know diver in football these days. Referee should take extra attention for players lika Ronaldo and Drogba especially inside the penalty box. They always dive for no reason. A slight touch would make them rolling on the floor like being hit by 100 mph speed car. But once they get the penalty, they will stand up like nothing happen.
28 Aug 09
I can guarantee you that they certainly would not be rolling around if they had just been hit by a car going 100mph. Given the number of times players are not awarded legitimate penalties or free kicks when the ref is in a great position there surely has to be something wrong with the refereeing?.
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@akuler (3539)
• Malaysia
28 Aug 09
I agree referee do that sometimes. Referee is only a human being. But, referee also got confused sometimes by this acting player. Everything this actor(player) did is so convincing and sometimes it is hard to tell are they really fouled or just act.
28 Aug 09
I am A lifelong Celtic fan and no matter who cheats in the game it should always be punishable. Penalties have been given to Scottish players in the past on video evidence and they have had bans served. It should be applicable to all players. Arsenal were the better team over the two games but conning the Ref so blatantly is bringing the game into disrepute, what happened to sportsmanship? Well done Arsenal though apart from Eduardo. Margaret
31 Aug 09
I agree cheats should always be punished. Do you think Aiden McGeady should be similarly punished after being sent off yesterday at Hibernian for diving? I am only asking as you are a Celtic fan.
31 Aug 09
Madmillionare, I stand by my earlier comment on cheating within football. If any player from the team I support cheats or dives then they should be punished. I was not at the game but as McGeady was sent of after his second yellow then he recieves an automatic ban anyway, so yes he has already earned his punishment. I said that all players who cheat should be punished with no exceptions. Margaret
28 Aug 09
I am not sure whether he did in fact dive because I have not seen the incident but I would not be surprised if he did as since Wenger came to Arsenal in 1996 they have always been prone to diving. Remember that year they went "unbeaten" when Pires dived for the penalty against Portsmouth???
28 Aug 09
Believe me he did dive- Boruc was no where near him when he went over. Arsenal have always had one or two players prone to go down easily, but Wenger always claims he does not see the incident lol
28 Aug 09
I wonder if any other Arsenal player will be charged this season. It will be interesting to watch the other players to see if they dive noticeably in the Premiership or any other tournament this season.
@rajeshfgh (1627)
• India
28 Aug 09
Even though, I am a staunch supporter of Arsenal, I would say that I am not disappointed with the punishment. Diving has become a nuisance for the sport and strict punishment is the only way to curb it. It pains to see players dive so blatantly.
29 Aug 09
Good to see an Arsenal fan willing to support the decision to charge Eduardo. It was disappointing to see the reaction of Arsene Wenger yesterday when he criticised UEFA.
29 Aug 09
Totally agree with you rajesh, i too an an Arsenal fan and it disappoints me to see the players get themselves into this situation but something has to be done for fairness all around.
• Indonesia
3 Sep 09
No offense, but i disagree with you, why must dudu banned when there is a hell-lot football player that caught on act while diving and get no such punishment??? Remember when FIFA asked the video-based for referee decision? So when there is a gray accident the referee have to watch the replay video first before judging something. And what do the mighty FIFA answer? Referee's misjudge is one of the part that keep the soccer's game alive, that i conclude it as, "Don't worry guys, diving, another-maradonna-god-hand, etc, is fine since it is one reason that makes soccer so interesting" :)
3 Sep 09
Do not worry I will not take offense- everyone is entitled to their opinion. I agree it does look a bit like Eduardo has been hung out to dry admittedly. However we have to start somewhere and I really hope that UEFA bans all players who cheat from now on. It may mean loads of players might get banned but they will soon get the message and stop cheating.
@Boffle (124)
1 Sep 09
I think this is a really significant development. It's about time the authorities did something to clamp down on such blatant cheating - did you see that sly smile he gave when he got up off the ground? As usual, Wenger is moaning about Arsenal being victimised, but it's only fair that something is done. I wonder where it will end, though; if UEFA are going to use video evidence to check for diving, how long will it be before they start using replays to see whether the ball crossed the line, or whether a player was offside? Will that slow the game down too much?
1 Sep 09
I have lost any respect for Arsene Wenger that I once had. It was blatantly obvious that Eduardo dived but yet he still backs his player! Compare this to the Sheffield Weds manager Brian Laws, who transfer listed a player last week after he got sent off for headbutting an opponent. I do not think that we will see TV replays being used, like in cricket or rugby, as FIFA live in the dark ages and are against this at all costs.
• India
31 Aug 09
well, it is very bad on Eduardo part to dive in the box. poor ref wasn't able to get it right. well, we cant blame ref for that.i had been seeing this habit in players for long time. players and clubs need to change regarding this diving habit. well, i think ufea has stupid officials and some of them are very partially towards some clubs. i don't understand why this issue is being blown up into such a big issue by uefa. if they want to prevent such things they must take strict action from first only. but wat uefa does is they take action against some clubs and they don't take action against other clubs. i have been seeing this from the past 5 years, uefa has always been harsh on some clubs like arsenal, acmilan, barcelona etc... while they are more leaned towards manutd, liverpool, intermilan, and realmadrid. ronaldo dived more than 2 or 3 time in the past two years, but he was never punished. Liverpool rayn babel dived in champions leagues, he was never punished, totti has dived in the world cup but he was not punished and there are many more to follow. my above view does't mean that i am supporting a particular club or arsenal in this issue. what i mean is if uefa is serious about this issue, then they should not show double standards in punishing the player for diving. well, i hope eduardo is punished and uefa takes similar action on all players in future, who try to cheat ref.
1 Sep 09
I agree all divers and cheaters from whatever club should be hammered by the authorities. It happens all the time and more should be done to punish players and the club they played for. A six match ban or something similar may stop players diving as a ban of that length could keep them out for a month or more.
@VANILLAREY (1473)
• India
28 Aug 09
I saw that dive. It was clever goalkeeping but the referee and the linesman did not see it. Eduardo thought the goalkeeper would something and when he saw no chance he dived. There should be ban of 2 matches and also a fine of around $2000 or above.
28 Aug 09
$2000? That is peanuts! I would say $200,000 is nearer the mark in my opinion. If he is found guilty though it will be only a two match ban.