UEFA will investigated Dida and his club Milan
UEFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against the goalkeeper Dida and his clun Milan after the Champions League game at Celtic.
Dida collapsed in theatrical fashion after a fan appeared to strike him near the end of Milan’s 2-1 defeat on Wednesday.
The 34-year-old was stretchered off, but has been accused of overreacting as there appeared to be minimal contact.
Uefa has already opened proceedings against Scottish champions Celtic and both cases will be heard by the control and disciplinary body on Thursday.
A statement on the Uefa website said it had opened an investigation on the basis of article five, paragraph one of the disciplinary regulations, which state:
Member associations, clubs, as well as their players, officials and members, shall conduct themselves according to the principles of loyalty, integrity and sportsmanship.
Milan boss Carlo Ancelotti has already admitted Dida’s actions were a “mistake”, but says the keeper should not be punished.
Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti acknowledged that Dida had overreacted, but suggested the player should be forgiven for his actions.
During the years, Dida has shown great sportsmanship and fairness – he was also hit by flares and he got up,” said Ancelotti.
The other night was a mistake. I don’t know why he did it, but I think that the issue must be closed for all the demonstration of professionalism he gave through the years.
I think that he made a mistake, but that’s all. The doctor decided he should come off because he did not know the extent of the damage and preferred to avoid any eventual risks.