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Gunners confirm intention to fight Eduardo ban

September 3, 2009
By Soccernet staff

Arsenal have confirmed that they will appeal against UEFA's decision to ban striker Eduardo for 'deceiving the referee' in the club's Champions League qualifying victory over Celtic.

GettyImagesEduardo: Provoked fury with Celtic incident.

The Croatia international invited strong criticism when appearing to tumble to ground to win a penalty during a game that Arsenal went on to win 3-1 at Emirates Stadium last week.

After the incident with Celtic goalkeeper Artur Boruc, Eduardo himself took the penalty and scored to give Arsenal a 1-0 lead on the night and 3-0 lead on aggregate.

Following public outcry, UEFA launched disciplinary proceedings against the striker and announced on Tuesday that Eduardo would be required to serve a two-match suspension, ruling him out of the group stage games against Standard Liege and Olympiakos.

Arsene Wenger had already condemned the decision to charge his player and, via a strongly-worded statement, Arsenal have now confirmed their intention to appeal against his suspension.

A club statement read: "The club is in receipt of UEFA's reasoned decision in relation to the charge against Eduardo.

"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."