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Dida gets two-match ban
Thursday 11 October, 2007

Milan goalkeeper Nelson Dida has been banned for two games for his actions during the Rossoneri’s Champions League tie against Celtic.

Dida reacted dramatically to being lightly struck by a fan, who had invaded the pitch to celebrate Celtic’s winner in the Rossoneri’s Champions League tie at Parkhead.

UEFA’s Disciplinary Committee have come down hard on the Brazilian shot-stopper for contravention of Article 5 of their code of behaviour.

This rule states: “member associations, clubs, as well as their players, officials and members, shall conduct themselves according to the principles of loyalty, integrity and sportsmanship.”

Now Milan must hope that Zeljko Kalac can fill the gap left by Dida for the Diavolo’s two games against Ukrainians Shakhtar Donetsk.

Celtic have been fined around £25,000 for “poor organisation and the improper behaviour of one of their fans” and the Bhoys will be under supervision for two years.

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