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DEILA ACCUSES ‘DIVER’ CONNOLLY

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RAGING Ronny Deila accused Aidan Connolly of diving in Celtic’s dramatic 1-1 Scottish Cup quarter-final draw with Dundee United at Tannadice.

Nadir Ciftci scored with a penalty in first-half stoppage time after Connolly went down under pressure from Anthony Stokes. Regarding the penalty, Deila said: “It is a dive and, hopefully, it will be the same rules for everybody. We are the only team this season in the league to have a suspension for diving, Derk Boerrigter.SCUP_DUTD_CELTIC_0306
“I said at the time that it was no problem because that is the line that will be taken by everyone. I don’t think anybody has had it since then.

“I accept that people make mistakes. But if we have a rule where people look at things afterwards then it has to be the other way around also.

“I don’t see anybody else getting suspensions. I can’t understand that we are the worst at this in the league and nobody else is doing anything. People make mistakes – no problem. But it make it right afterwards.”

In respect of the red card shown to Van Dijk, Deila added: “I have looked at some pictures in the dressing room, but it is hard to see what happened.

“Virgil just said there was a tackle and suddenly somebody was holding his legs. There was some kicking of each other to get off each other. It was nothing.”

The replay will be held on Wednesday week, three days after the League Cup Final between the two sides. The winners of the second game will meet either Inverness Caley Thistle or Raith Rovers in the semi-final while Hibs have been paired with Falkirk in the other tie with both games due next month.

 
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