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Eduardo is innocent! Official

Eduardo is innocent! Official

Having hastily judged Eduardo against the protestations of the match referee and decided to ban him for 2 matches for 'intending to deceive the referee', who had claimed he wasn't deceived, Uefa have had to climb down and admit that they were wrong to do so.

The decision, described as the consequence of a 'perfunctory and apparently arbitrary process' by the club was controversial at best. In an official statement following receipt of Uefa's explanation for their decision the club stated: "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"

The club announced it's intention to appeal on Eduardo's behalf which was accepted by Uefa. Their statement concluded:

Following examination of all the evidence, notably the declarations of both the referee and the referees' assessor, as well as the various video footage, it was not established to the panel's satisfaction that the referee had been deceived in taking his decision on the penalty.

So justice appears to have been done but a more considered approach might have avoided Uefa's blushes. The video footage shown on TV seemed to show that from an angle from the touchline there wasn't any clear contact. Another angle, that of the referee, distributed widely on the internet, showed that at the very least there was some contact. Responding so quickly to media indignation without first considering all available evidence was a poor mistake by Uefa's disciplinary committee.

In between the decisions Eduardo was obliged to endure the boos of England supporters throughout the recent world cup qualifying game. However, being a model professional, he didn't mock the English supporters by elaborately celebrating his goal against them or rake his studs down the side of Rooney's face.



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Writer:Amos
Date:Monday September 14 2009
Time: 6:51PM

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I love you Amos.
Rocky7
14/09/2009 18:57:00
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I love you too but I love Edu more, he's such a classy model professional: http://www.arsenal.com/news/news-archive/eduardo-we-have-finally-arrived-at-the-truth
GoonerLou
14/09/2009 19:02:00
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GoonerLou is Amos? Who knew! I'm extatic with this news, however the damage is already done. The 2 match ban wouldn't really have affected us from a personelle stand point, but Eduardo has been tarnished now ... ok it was partly his own fault, but the massive over-reaction has him labeled as a cheat for his (as far as I can tell) first misdemeanour.
Rocky7
14/09/2009 19:04:00
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im soo happy with this decision! not only has it vindicated my complete and utter belief in the integrity of eduardo, its also shown the sham kangeroo court justice of uefa. The main reason i believe for their uturn has to be the huge can of worms they opened up with this victimization. And besides the media agenda served it purpose in deflecting the attention away from the horrendous scenes at upton park the previous night, which no one has evewn mentioned since.......
Lloydytron
14/09/2009 19:08:00
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so now does that mean all the people who labeled him a cheat will retract that statement,because he is innocent.....
fran merida
14/09/2009 19:08:00
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Damage done indeed Rocky. But I wouldn't under-estimate the psychological boost this has on Edu himself and the team. They'll feel at least some justice is done and can stand up to the booing fans with their heads held up high. As the boss said, Edu has overcome much bigger hurdles in his life than this. He's an incredibly tough guy, he'll march on and keep scoring!!
GoonerLou
14/09/2009 19:10:00
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Er Rocky I meant 'I love you too Amos but I love Edu more...'
GoonerLou
14/09/2009 19:11:00
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It's good news and as Lou says credit to Eduardo for showing that sometimes, simply keeping your mouth shut can say a great deal about you. I can think of other players who would benefit from that lesson.
Amos.
14/09/2009 19:12:00
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Fran - I wouldn't say he's innocent, he did take a tumble, but at least he is being treated fairly now. There was no reason for him to be dumped upon by all those people for one mistake.
Rocky7
14/09/2009 19:13:00
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"Following examination of all the evidence" Are they having a bubble? surely you check all the evidence before you go slinging around 2 match bans? UEFA are a joke, they have messed this case up so badly that its done more harm than good in the war against divers.
iceman10
14/09/2009 19:21:00
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