The Sweeper: Diving Controversy Comes Back to Bite Celtic

Tony Mowbray

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Oh, the irony. Just days after Eduardo’s blatant dive for Arsenal against Celtic went unnoticed by the referee, Celtic’s Aiden McGeady received a second yellow of his own for diving as his team beat Hibernian 1-0. Celtic manager Tony Mowbray rather weakly blamed “tiredness” for McGready’s fall, and pinned the reasoning for the referee’s action on the events of the past week.

“He has skipped past the first tackle, he has carried on and skipped past the second tackle, and then he sees another tackle coming. Is it a dive? Never in a million years,” Mowbray claimed. “A dive is when you try to influence the referee and throw your arms up. If the Eduardo situation had not blown up nationally, then 99 times out of 100, or even 100 times out of a 100, never would a yellow card have been shown.”


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