The UEFA Control and Disciplinary Body today examined the case of the Arsenal FC player Eduardo “for deceiving the referee” during the UEFA Champions League play-off second leg match on 26 August against Celtic FC, and has suspended the player for two UEFA club competition matches.
This decision may be appealed against by the club or player within three working days of the dispatch of the reasoned decision… more on this to follow
Arsenal Release a statement.
In a tense and tearsely worded statement, Arsenal football club has gone as far as it dares to accuse UEFA of singly out Eduardo for unfair treatment. The particular phrase used is
We have been deeply frustrated by the perfunctory and apparently arbitrary process that Uefa has followed in this instance. We believe it is imperative that Uefa’s explanation for its decision provides clear and comprehensive standards that will be consistently enforced.
To accuse UEFA of a perfunctory and arbitary process is tantamount to labelling the UEFA committee that dished out this punishment a kangaroo court.
I for one am pleased that the Club has chosen to make such a strongly worded statement.
I would asked UEFA the following, when retrospective judgements appear to be issued based upon the volume of a media outcry, what kind of message does that send to the tabloid press?
If the tabloid press/media now feel able to influence UEFA officials based upon witch hunts and innuendo, then UEFA stand charged of prostituting it’s hallowed office to the highest bidder. Those responsible for this decision will not only regret having undermined their own referees, but they have created a precedent that will have clear implications in the International court for arbitration of Sport…
This is indeed a sad day for our sport in general and Eduardo in particular.
As for our rivals, certain individuals such as Drogba and Rooney had better tread carefully, equally the failure of the media to highlight further such incidents in the exactly the same way that it treated Arsenal have created a rod for their own backs. By mounting the well known jealous anti-Arsenal bandwagon, you have just ensured that every Arsenal fan will scrutinising your output to ensure that all future such incidents receive this coverage. Failure to do so will energise our cries of foul play and bias…