Gers skipper: McGeady is no cheat

04 September 2009 10:51
McGeady was shown a second yellow card when he fell to the ground after a seemingly innocuous challenge by Hibernian player Paul Hanlon.

The dismissal came just five days after Arsenal striker Eduardo had dubiously won a penalty during the Champions League qualifier against Celtic

Eduardo was eventually charged with deceiving the referee and handed a two-match European ban by UEFA, a punishment the Gunners have appealed against.

But Weir does not think that either the Eduardo or McGeady incidents should start a trend of severe punishments for diving.

"I know Aiden McGeady as a player and I don't think that's his style of play," the 39-year-old told Sky Sports News.

"Obviously he's been punished for something. It's a harsh punishment but I don't think he's that type of player.

"I've got certain sympathies with players, I think now players are so fast and so athletic and the changes of movement and sometimes things can look like dives which, in my opinion, aren't necessarily dives.

"Lads can be anticipating contact and it can look worse that what it actually is so I don't think we should go overboard and (start) policing every instance and referring incident otherwise it'd never end.

"I think there is case where it is a bit blatant but I think a lot of the instances as well are a result of factors that maybe are just part and parcel of the game today."

Weir will return to the Scotland side against Macedonia on Saturday and is likely to partner Celtic's Stephen McManus.

Source: Team_Talk