LITESPORT 34 Friday, 28 August 2009 London Lite ARSENES FURYEduardodivecharge sparksbitteroutburst fromGunnersboss ARSENE WENGER today claimed there is a witch hunt against Arsenal forward Eduardo after European footballs gov- erningbodychargedhimwithdeceiving the referee in the midweek Champions League win over Celtic at Emirates Sta- dium. The Croatian striker faces a two match banif foundguiltyatadisciplinaryhear- ing to be held next Tuesday following an alleged dive to win a penalty under mini- mal contact from goalkeeper Artur Boruc. Eduardo scored the consequent spot- kick and Scottish Football Association chief Gordon Smith was sufficiently angered to brand the 26-year-old disre- spectful and called for UEFA to act. But Wenger hit back, insisting the deci- sion has set a dangerous precedent and claims the rules of football may have been irreparably changed. The Gunners boss, who will be without Cesc Fabregas for tomorrows trip to Manchester United, also revealed Eduardo has pri- vatelyprotestedhisinnocence and he said: I think it is a complete disgrace and not acceptable. We will not accept the way UEFA have treated this. I believe you can debate it was a pen- alty or not but this charge implies Eduardo tried to cheat the referee. H av i n g s e e n again the pic- tures, nothing is conclusive on that. Again, it singles out a player in Europe to be a cheatandthatisnotaccept- able. UEFA have taken an a c t i o n t h a t i s n o t defendable. I fought my whole life against cheating and I have seen some obvious cases whereUEFAdidntintervene.Onandoff the pitch, things have happened where UEFA did not act at all. In this case, its the first time that a situation that has been judged by the referee is not accepted by the football bodies. So they open a door here which means every single decision by a referee can now be challenged. For me it is a witch hunt and not an objective judge of a case that has hap- pened in the game. Eduardo has been touched by the goalkeeper and we can prove that. I am the first to say it does not look to beapenaltybutitisanothertojudgethat with intent he did go down. To single a player who has come back from injury as he has been, for going down, I dont blame him. When you see his leg being tackled, I dont blame him for getting out of the way of the goalkeeper. Of course, we will argue that. It is completely lack of logic in this case. Why? Because people have reacted emotionally. Why, I can understand, first. Secondly,becausethis case has been ruled by the media, and three, emotionally by Scot- land, by the Scottish FA, and by Scottish people working at UEFA who think that this case is a bit more sensitivebecausetheyhavemore influence there. Eduardo would miss the trip to Standard Liege on 16 Sep- tember and the home clash with Olympiacos 13 days later. A UEFA statement read: Hav- ing studied video evidence of the incident in question, the UEFA disciplinary inspector decided to charge the player concerned. Inbrief Distin sweeps up Lescott spot EVERTON have completed the signing of French centre-back Sylvain Distin from Portsmouth for an undisclosed fee. The 31-year-old put pen-to-paper on a three-year deal at Goodison Park today. Toffees boss David Moyes said he was bringing Distin in as a direct replacement for Joleon Lescott following his 22m move to Manchester City. Hell give me a direct replacement, said Moyes. Big Sam takes it on the Chim BLACKBURN have completed the signing of Tottenham defender Pascal Chimbonda. The 30-year-old has been brought in as a direct replacement for left-back Stephen Warnock, who has moved to Aston Villa for a fee believed to be around 7m. Weve got an experienced player who is desperate to play football again, having missed it at Spurs, said Rovers boss Sam Allardyce. 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FIRST GOALSCORER Rooney 11-2, Owen 6-1, Berbatov 15-2, Eduardo 8-1, Van Persie 8-1, Arshavin 9-1, Bendtner 9-1, Welbeck 9-1, Nani 12-1, Giggs 14-1, Park 14-1, Valencia 14-1, Fabregas 14-1, Eboue 20-1. LAST MEETING 16 MAY 2009 MAN UTD 0 ARSENAL 0 (PL) AFTER being annihilated in their Champions League semi-final, Arsenal fans headed to Old Trafford for Uniteds coronation as champions expecting a right hammering. As it transpired, uncharacteristically, the hosts appeared to play for the point which guaranteed a third straight Premier League crown. Arsenal bossed possession and would have delayed the title party had they taken one of several clear opportunities. MATCH FACTS Arsenal are looking to win their opening three PL matches of the season for only the third time in PL history. The only two previous times they have won their first three matches they have gone on to finish in first place (2003-04) and second place (2004-05) in the division. 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Tomorrow the Hammers go to Blackburn, who could give a debut to Pascal Chimbonda following his 2m move from Tottenham. Blackburn boss Sam Allardyce said: He was eager to get away from Spurs because he has not played enough games. When you see what he has achieved in his Wigan and Spurs early days we want him to come and emulate that. BLACKBURN V WEST HAM TOMORROW, 3PM BY NEIL MARTIN BY GEOFF TEATHER FRANCK RIBERY could make a dramatic 57m move to Chelsea before the transfer window closes at the start of next week, according to reports this morning from France. The Bayern Munich winger looked set to stay in Germany this season despite massive interest from the Blues, as well as Manchester United and Real Madrid. But all that was thrown into doubt when Bayern today confirmed they had signed wideman Arjen Robben from Madrid for 22m. And France Football magazine suggests today that Chelsea are now back in for Ribery, with Bayern finally willing to sell having snapped up the perfect replacement. Meanwhile, Chelseas immediate focus will be on maintaining their excellent start to the season against Burnley tomorrow. The match marks the the return to Stamford Bridge of goalkeeper Brian Jensen, who was Burnleys hero when Owen Coyles side knocked the Blues out of the Carling Cup nine months ago. Jensen made a number of inspirational saves to secure a 1-1 draw before stopping the deciding spot kick from John Mikel Obi. Coyles men are confident of another upset after winning two of their first three league games against Man United and Everton. 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