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03 Sep 2009 12:12:28

Gordon - Eduardo ban worth it

Craig Gordon believes Eduardo's two-match suspension for diving against Celtic was worth it after they qualified for the UEFA Champions League group stages. The Scotland and Sunderland goalkeeper also questioned whether there would be the same media attention if a member of the Scottish team did the same to earn their country a World Cup play-off spot. The 26-year-old admitted that he felt for fellow shot-stopper Artur Boruc after he was wrongly accused of bringing down the Arsenal striker. The Croatia international brushed himself down to take the kick himself and ultimately secured the Gunners a place in this season's Champions League group stages; resulting in Gordon's suggestion that the dive was a risk worth taking. "For a goalkeeper, it is infuriating when you don't touch someone and they have won a penalty, and himself and his club a place in the group stages of the Champions League," he said. "That is worth £16million and he has probably got close to £100,000 in bonuses, so you can see what it means to players and why someone would do that to win a game by any means possible. "It's not nice but I don't see how we can stamp it out of the game. "He got a two-match ban. Is it worth it for getting to the group stages where they will possibly progress from that? It probably is worth it to guarantee your team is in that competition. "It's not a massive thing in our country but if a Scotland player does it and we end up getting to the play-offs then do we still feel as badly about it? I'm not sure. "I think it's something that goes on. "You are going to get some for and against you until we find some way of stamping it out."


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