I'm really worried about Eduardo today. It's not the booing and jeering that he will undoubtedly face. Its the referee.
Of course you can say that Eduardo has brought it upon himself to be viewed with suspicion when he is challenged in the area but I hope that Wayne Rooney and Michael Owen are too.
I don't deny that Eduardo went down easily the other night. It was a little embarrassing in fact. But the facts are Eduardo is being targeted very harshly by the media and fans alike.
I don't remember Michael Owen being targeted like this for winning England a penalty against Argentina. I don't remember Wayne Rooney being targeted like this for diving against us in 2004 to win a penalty. But its OK. They are English.
I'd even go as far as saying Rooney and Owen have been involved in far more diving incidents than Eduardo but you'd think that Eduardo was the first to dive in the entire history of the sport.
It's smacks of hypocrisy to me. I can't believe that Eduardo is being singled out like this.
Diving is part and parcel of the game these days. I don't like it but that is fact. The problem is that UEFA cannot just single out Eduardo. Where is the fairness in that?
If Eduardo is punished and players like Rooney, Owen and Gerrard aren't then is that fair? If Eduardo and Rooney, Owen and Gerrard are too then I have no complaints.
UEFA are going to cause a huge problem for themselves if they ban Eduardo. It will open a huge can of worms and I hope they are ready for the huge workload they will get with cases like this in the future.
I have no doubt that if Rooney and Eduardo are involved in similar incidents today's then Rooney will get the benefit of the doubt. Is that right?
I really hope that the ref is strong and treats the Eduardo the same as he would Rooney or Owen. I doubt he will be though.
Keep it Goonerish.................