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Arsenal's Eduardo relieved after Uefa overturn ban

Arsenal striker Eduardo has admitted to being relieved after Uefa overturned his two-match European ban.

The Brazilian-born Croatia international was originally judged to have dived in Arsenal's Champions League qualifier against Celtic a few weeks ago and handed a two-match but after an appeal from the Gunners, he has seen the ban pulled and was delighted with the decision.

"I certainly feel relieved now. I have had great support from my family, friends and of course everyone at the Club," Eduardo said.

"I just want to say that I'm a fair player. To score goals you must take your opportunities and I'm not the type of player who needs to be dishonest to score goals.

"All I remember of the incident is that as soon as I had possession of the ball I headed towards goal at full speed.

"I was very close to the Celtic keeper and felt contact on my foot and then lost my balance. I know perhaps more than anyone else that when you have contact at speed it can be dangerous.

"Now I just want to forget about this and think about our match against Standard Liege on Wednesday.

"I was always prepared for the match in Belgium because I had good feeling and I always remained positive about the outcome. Now we have a final result, I can now look forward to helping the team on Wednesday night."

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