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Arsenal to appeal against Eduardo verdict

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  • Arsenal appeal against Eduardo's two-match suspension from UEFA for diving
  • The Croatian striker was handed ban for "deceiving the referee" against Celtic
  • But Arsenal issue strong statement indicating that they will take matter further
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(CNN) -- English Premier League side Arsenal are to appeal against what they call a "deeply flawed" decision by UEFA to hand striker Eduardo a two-match European ban for diving to win a penalty against Celtic in a Champions League qualifier.

Eduardo scored from the penalty spot after going down under the challenge of Celtic keeper Artur Boruc.

Eduardo scored from the penalty spot after going down under the challenge of Celtic keeper Artur Boruc.

European football's governing body opened disciplinary proceedings against the Croatian international for "deceiving the referee" when he went down in the box at the Emirates Stadium last week despite there appearing to be no contact with Celtic goalkeeper Artur Boruc.

Referee Manuel Mejuto Gonzalez awarded the spot-kick, which Eduardo converted himself to set Arsenal on their way to a comprehensive 3-1 win which sealed their place in the tournament's lucrative group stages.

Scottish FA chief executive Gordon Smith was quick to call for action against Eduardo, who is set to face England in their World Cup qualifier at Wembley next week.

UEFA subsequently began an investigation, which Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger lambasted as a "witch-hunt" and resulted in the decision to ban Eduardo for two matches.

However, Arsenal have issued a strongly-worded statement indicating their intention not to let the matter rest.

"The club is in receipt of UEFA's reasoned decision in relation to the charge against Eduardo," the statement read on their official Web site.

"We strongly believe that the decision taken is deeply flawed and not based on any forensic review of the video evidence available. There are obvious errors and inconsistencies in UEFA's judgment and we intend to appeal."

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