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.[LNB]The dismissal came just five days after Arsenal striker Eduardo had dubiously won a penalty during the Champions League qualifier against Celtic [LNB]Eduardo was eventually charged with deceiving the referee and handed a two-match European ban by UEFA, a punishment the Gunners have appealed against.[LNB]But Weir does not think that either the Eduardo or McGeady incidents should start a trend of severe punishments for diving.[LNB]"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.[LNB]"Obviously he's been punished for something. It's a harsh punishment but I don't think he's that type of player.[LNB]"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.[LNB]"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.[LNB]"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."[LNB]Weir will return to the Scotland side against Macedonia on Saturday and is likely to partner Celtic's Stephen McManus.[LNB][LNB]

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