UEFA disciplinary rap for 'unsporting' Adriano
PARIS (AFP) –
UEFA on Wednesday opened disciplinary proceedings against Shakhtar Donetsk forward Luiz Adriano after he scored a controversial goal in Tuesday’s Champions League game at Danish side Nordsjaelland.
The Brazilian faces charges for “violation of the principles of conduct” under Article 5 of UEFA’s Disciplinary Regulations and his case will be heard by the governing body’s Control and Disciplinary Body on November 27.
Article 5 concerns issues of fair play and the Danish fans were outraged after Shakhtar’s Willian, following an uncontested bounce ball by the referee, punted the ball towards the Danes’ keeper after a foul on Morten Nordstrand.
However, Adriano latched onto the ball, raced through a bemused defence and rounded the keeper to level the match at 1-1.
Adriano ended up with a hattrick in a 5-2 victory which took his side into the last 16 but Nordsjaelland skipper Nikolai Stockholm was unimpressed, saying afterwards: “Their striker didn’t get it. I looked down at my armband and there’s something about respect – it has to be said we didn’t see much of that.”