Skip to main content

UEFA charge Arsenal striker Eduardo

  • Story Highlights
  • Arsenal striker Eduardo is charged with "deceiving the referee" against Celtic
  • Television replays suggested minimal contact with goalkeeper Artur Boruc
  • Eduardo may miss European games against Standard Liege and Olympiakos
  • Tottenham's David Bentley is banned for driving for a year after drink driving
Decrease font Decrease font
Enlarge font Enlarge font

(CNN) -- Arsenal striker Eduardo faces a two-match suspension after European football's governing body, UEFA, confirmed they have opened disciplinary proceedings against him for "deceiving the referee" during their second leg Champions League play-off qualifier with Celtic.

Eduardo could miss Arsenal's next two Champions League clashes against Standard Liege and Olympiakos.

Eduardo could miss Arsenal's next two Champions League clashes against Standard Liege and Olympiakos.

The 26-year-old Croatian international fell over the Scottish side's on-rushing goalkeeper in the 26th minute of the Emirates Stadium clash to win a penalty -- which he subsequently converted -- as Arsenal went on to seal a 3-1 victory.

But television replays appeared to suggest that there had been minimal contact with Celtic goalkeeper Artur Boruc.

A statement on UEFA's Web site read: "Having studied video evidence of the incident in question, the UEFA disciplinary inspector decided to charge the player concerned. The UEFA control and disciplinary body will examine the case on September 1."

According to the ruling body, Eduardo acted with "obvious intent to cause a match official to make an incorrect decision" and therefore, by feigning foul play, contravened disciplinary regulations set up to control the misconduct of players.

The penalty for such a breach is a two-match suspension from European competition which means Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger would have to do without the striker for their away trip to Standard Liege on September 16, and the home match with Olympiakos on September 29, if the ban is enforced.

Meanwhile, Tottenham midfielder David Bentley was given a 12-month driving ban on Friday after he admitted to drink driving.

The 25-year-old winger, who has won nine England caps, had been arrested after crashing his Porsche into a lamp post in Potters Bar, Hertfordshire earlier this month.

Bentley pleaded guilty at a hearing before magistrates after he was found to be over the legal limit from drinking four pints of beer and two glasses of spirits.

All About Arsenal FCChampions League FootballEurope's Champions LeagueTottenham Hotspur FCEduardo da Silva

  • E-mail
  • Save
  • Print