AC Milan's Dida suspended 2 games, Celtic fined
AC Milan goalkeeper Dida was suspended for two Champions League matches Thursday for feigning injury after being touched by a Celtic fan who ran onto the field.
The incident occurred last Wednesday when the Scottish team beat Milan 2-1 in injury time in Glasgow. A fan ran onto the field late in the 90th minute and appeared to slap Dida on the shoulder.
The Brazilian goalkeeper initially turned to chase the fan before flailing to the ground in pain.He was carried off the field on a stretcher while holding an ice pack to his head.
Milan backup Zeljko Kalac came in to replace Dida in the final seconds of the match after he complained of dizziness.Dida did play in Milan's 5-1 victory over Lazio in Serie A (Italy's top soccer league)play on Sunday.
Since the incident, Dida has received rousing ridicule for his exaggerated behaviour, which Milan brass called a "mistake."
Celtic was fined 30,000 Swiss francs ($25,400 Cdn) for the incident and will have to pay an additional 30,000 francsif it fails to control its fans again in the next two years.
Dida and Celtic have three days to appeal the ruling.
"It's a suspension that is absolutely excessive," Milan lawyer Leandro Cantamessa was quoted as saying by the ANSA news agency. "It seems to us a very, very unbalanced sentence. It turns Dida into the protagonist of the incident, whereas the protagonist was someone else, and that's not right from a logical point of view."
The fan who invaded the field, 27-year-old Robert McHendry, was later arrested and banned for life by Celtic.
With files from the Associated Press