Donati demands Eduardo ban

Celtic midfielder feels diving should be punished

Eduardo: Controversial penalty

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Celtic midfielder Massimo Donati feels that Arsenal striker Eduardo should be banned for diving in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday night.

Eduardo appeared to throw himself to the ground to win a penalty in the Gunners' 3-1 second-leg win at Emirates Stadium.

Donati believes Eduardo should be treated the same way as Lithuania striker Saulius Mikoliunas, who earned a spot-kick against Scotland at Hampden Park in September 2007.

Video evidence was used by Uefa to punish Mikoliunas, who was given a two-match ban.

"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."


The game was still 0-0 at the time, though Arsenal held a 2-0 advantage from the first leg.

Gunners 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.

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."