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Wenger rails against UEFA over Eduardo

ARSENAL manager Arsene Wenger yesterday accused UEFA of mounting a "witch hunt" against his striker Eduardo da Silva and said the decision to open a disciplinary case against him was a "disgrace".

Eduardo was awarded a penalty in the first half of Arsenal's Champions League playoff second leg against Celtic in London this week -- a match the English side won 3-1 for a 5-1 aggregate win -- after going down under challenge from goalkeeper Artur Boruc.

UEFA said yesterday it was opening disciplinary proceedings against the Brazilian-born Croatian international for "deceiving the referee" in the incident.

That provoked an angry response from Wenger. "I find it a complete disgrace," the Frenchman said at a news conference when asked about the UEFA charge.

"There is nothing conclusive (in the pictures). It singles out a player in Europe to be a cheat and that is not acceptable."

He added: "For me it's a witch hunt. It is not an objective judgement of the case. Eduardo was touched by the goalkeeper and we can prove that."


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