Thursday, 11 October 2007

Dida gets two-match ban

AC Milan goalkeeper Nelson Dida has been banned for two European matches following his reaction in the Champions League game against Celtic in Glasgow last week.

Dida collapsed dramatically after a fan appeared to strike him near the end of Milan's 2-1 defeat on 3 October. The 34-year-old Brazilian was stretchered off and was criticised for overreacting.

UEFA's control and disciplinary body heard cases concerning Dida's actions and Celtic's security in light of the pitch invasion.

Dida will now miss both of the Rossoneri’s games against Ukrainians Shakhtar Donetsk on 24 October and 6 November because he did not "conduct himself according to the principles of loyalty, integrity and sportsmanship."

No disciplinary action has been taken against the European champions.

The Scottish club have been fined nearly 36,000 euros for "poor organisation and the improper behaviour of one of their fans." Half of this amount is deferred for a probational period of two years.

Milan have already announced that they will launch an appeal because "it seems a very disproportionate sentence which puts Dida as the main offender." Celtic also have the opportunity to lodge an appeal against their fine within three days.

Source: C4 Football Italia

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