Friday, 5 October 2007

Dida - Footballer/Actor

The sporting success story of the past few weeks has got to be Scottish football. After a famous win for the national team in Paris, the club teams in European competitions all managed great results. However, despite this, the main talking point has been the incident involving the AC Milan goalkeeper, Dida in their match against Celtic.

After Celtic had scored what turned out to be the winning goal, a jubilent fan ran on to the pitch, 'slapped' the goalkeeper on the neck who then took up chase before falling to the floor.

Dida's reaction certainly seems to be a bit over the top, but a lapse in security like that could cost Celtic a fine, or even (although unlikely) a deduction of points.

It brings back memories of the Rivaldo incident in the World Cup in 2002. In a group match against Turkey, the Brazilian player went down clutching his head afer the ball had hit him in the thigh, ultimately leading to the sending off of the 'offending' player.

Rivaldo was later fined 11,670 Swiss Francs by FIFA. UEFA are investigting the Celtic/Dida matter and UEFA saying that is not just Celtic who they are looking at..

"It is up to AC Milan to provide an explanation and it is probably something to do with what was in the referee and delegate's reports. But it is under investigation so I can't say much more about it." (UEFA Spokesman)

It will be interesting to see what action they take against Celtic and what action, if any, they take against Dida.

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