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Vote: Should Eduardo receive a ban for his dive?

Croat-Brazilian has outraged Scotland with his naughty play acting

Eduardo doing a naughty dive

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…



17 responses so far
  • Glenn // August 27, 2009 at 11:11 am

    He shouldn’t but only because singling him out when so many other people do it seems unfair.

    What we should have is a real initative to stamp it out with all players getting punished during or post match if found guilty. If that was in place for all then yes…ban him!

  • fourstar // August 27, 2009 at 11:20 am

    If that is the current official UEFA rule as understood by all clubs and players, then yes. If not, then no.

    I do agree with retrospective punishment but it has to be agreed beforehand, not just applied willy-nilly when someone gets a bee in their bonnet.

  • max // August 27, 2009 at 12:22 pm

    Considering their captain dived about all over the place in the first leg, earning them the free kick that lead to the first goal, and now this disgusting show of blatant cheating, it’s obvious that this is part of Arsenals game plan.
    Can any one name another sport were being caught cheating would be acceptable?
    If a golfer was caught cheating he would never play professional golf again, the same can be said for cricket or any other ‘real’ sport, why should football be any different, unless of course we want it to have a reputation akin to professional wrestling!
    Since it is proven that Arsenal have progressed in this competition by cheating they should be expelled from the competition, and a ban from it for a couple of seasons wouldn’t be a bad idea either, it would certainly send a clear message to all clubs that if you want to take part in this sport you must act in a sporting manner!

  • Max What Are You Talking About? // August 27, 2009 at 12:39 pm

    That is the most insane thing I have ever heard. Celtic were getting raped anyway so there was no question that Arsenal were getting through to the group stages. Well maybe Celtic should get banned for 10 seasons for having a team full of thugs who seem to only play football so they can square up to other players and scream in their faces.

  • fourstar // August 27, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    I like max, he’s funny.

    Come on max, tell us another one.

  • David // August 27, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    This and PK’s will forever be the reasons that hold this sport back IMO.

    While maybe you’re all right that it should be agreed upon before hand, the fact is that everyone does it no matter what anyone says, and it is instilled in some players mind that they will simulate to gain an advantage. I would love to see footballers get post match reds, bans, fines to the player/team. I would even love to see it have a stronger affect, pending the situation.

    Regardless, something needs to be done, because it makes everyone involved with the sport look bad.

  • Nevyn // August 27, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    I voted yes – but I do believe that there are about 100 other players (at least) that should be banned too. i am a Celtic fan – and I agree that Arsenal would have won the game anyway and I sincerely hope that they go all the way this year – they play lovely football and are always a joy yo watch – however what Eduardo did was cheating, and he should be banned. Now – as Platini said is there should be another ref (a 5th offical at this stage) – like in rugby that could help eliminate this sort of thing without the “disruption” that is bandied about – maybe then a goal against United will stand even if the ball doesn’t stay in the goal.

  • Pistol Pete // August 27, 2009 at 2:59 pm

    Ehh…how many shots( ON GOAL) did (sore losers) Celtic have through 180 mins? Telle me, a Celtic player NEVER took a dive? Donati never took a dive? Celtic were OUT GUNNED fair and square! Did Celtic really think they could beat Arsenal 3-0…yea..LOL!
    How many called for a ban when Capt Fantastic (cheater) Gerrard, Drogba and the dive master himself C. Ronaldo dove east and west? One word for ya all…HYPOCRITES! One rule for Arsenal and an other for the rest!

  • Pistol Pete hater // August 27, 2009 at 3:16 pm

    @ Pistol Pete
    How does how many shots Celtic have any bearing on the topic at hand, Eduardo cheated, whether this made a difference to the outcome of the game or not doesn’t matter; he is a cheater and there is too much of this in the modern game. How are people here “HYPOCRITES!” Other posters are saying there should be a new law put in place where players including “Capt Fantastic (cheater) Gerrard, Drogba and the dive master himself C. Ronaldo” should all be punished if caught CHEATING!!!! End of story!

  • fourstar // August 27, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    Surely the point is that if a player thinks he only has to fool the referee for a brief moment in time, he might try it.

    Whereas if he thinks he has to fool 8 different camera angles repeated in slow motion, he might not.

    Which is a good thing. Bring it in, I say.

  • Pistol Pete // August 27, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    OK Pistol Pete hater…lets punish EVERY player in PL AND SPL…no wait..lets BAN football all together!
    Answer my question, The Celtic players NEVER dive? Doanti and McGeady NEVER dove?
    I guess Celtic must be the most honest team in football since they can throw such big boulders in a glasshouse! Celtic/British media= hypocrites

  • Pistol Pete hater // August 27, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    Again you are missing the point! When did I mention Banning anybody! The word I used was “punished”!!! Who said the Celtic team were full of angels!!! Yes Celtic players they do dive most modern players do dive. What I am saying is that there should be fines and bans yes bans (Talking about banning now) if the guilty party is doing this repeatedly. For the record I’m Irish.

  • randomsausage // August 27, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    ye cannie trust those Croat-Brazilians….they are well known for their skullduggery as well as jiggery-pokery: the unique combination of Amer-Indian and Fascist-Ustashi makes for a volatile psyche. Avoid.

    Anyone else think McGeady is a wee toad….and if he’s really worth 10 million of your British pounds, Lescott is probably worth 45 mill?

  • Matt // August 27, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    IF he does recive a fine, I hope EVERY other player that dives this season also receives similar treatment. Otherwise there is very little point in punishing him

  • sietedos72 // August 27, 2009 at 5:24 pm

    feel free to do this yes, but make sure you ban every other fucker who does it after Eduardo.. no more double standards pls.

  • Gooner79 // August 28, 2009 at 8:05 am

    As a proud gooner i’m disappointed with Eduardo, really disappointed. Lets make a stand against it now, lets ban and fine him and do so for everyone else who dives / cheats etc from now on.

    I hate penaltys anyhow, would rather stay on my feet and try and score a real goal.

  • a fan of fair play37 // August 28, 2009 at 6:20 pm

    the high handed hypocrites of the loosing team
    celtic ,where were they ,when alex furgeson brought RONALDO into our game and learned english players how easy it was to fool refs around the world why no out cry against man united and there manager who swore by ronaldo
    where was platini and the rest of the football world.STOP IT but do not use eduardo as the excuse .europe will do nothing to stop there players from diving they will threaten them with a breakaway league if they try anything to penelise them.celtic should be ashamed of there spiteful outburst if i was there manager i wokld worry that his team never stopped manhandling
    the opposition through there first leg a good ref would have sent of the whole of the defense for pushing ptayers outstretched arms look to your own faults your players tried once or twice to get fouls in the box and missed out.you are just not good enough or skillful enough to play in our league .not like celtic of years ago .no hate there just love of the game you should try it one day.

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