Vote: Should Eduardo receive a ban for his dive?
Croat-Brazilian has outraged Scotland with his naughty play acting
Since the days of watching David Ginola throw himself around the pitch as if he only possessed limited command of his limbs, The Spoiler has held a disgust diving, and those who think they can get away with it.
Hence, we weren’t overly pleased last night to see Eduardo’s successful attempt at cheating Arsenal into a lead; something that changed a game in which Celtic were enjoying a reasonable amount of possession and control.
It seems that Celtic were equally displeased, with Massimo Donati calling for a two match ban following the simulation antics. SFA head honcho Gordon Smith has also waded into the argument, suggesting the Arsenal star should be punished:
‘[...] Last night [Eduardo] showed disrespect to the game by his actions in winning a penalty against Celtic.
‘Since I came into this post, I have raised the issue of simulation time and time again – both here in Scotland and with FIFA and UEFA.
‘I don’t think that I have received enough support in my efforts to eradicate what I believe to be one of the most serious threats to the integrity of football. Last night showed exactly why we must take this issue seriously.
The SFA have set a precedent for banning players for play acting in the case of former Hearts forward Saulius Mikoliunas, who missed two matches after he feigned being headbutted by an Aberdeen player in May.
So, should Eduardo be punished, or should we accept that diving is part of the modern game? Votes below, please…