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Arsenal’s hard fought victory over Sunderland takes them back to the top of the Premiership with the Gunners now BP 9-4 to win the title.

Milan captain Paolo Maldini said he was surprised that UEFA had banned goalkeeper Dida for two matches but only fined Celtic for the incident at last week’s Champions League game.

Dida was punished for playacting after a Celtic supporter ran on to the pitch in the final stages of the match and made contact with the Brazilian, who theatrically collapsed to the floor after initially giving chase.

UEFA’s disciplinary committee fined Celtic 60,000 Swiss Francs, half of which will be suspended for a two-year probationary period, for failing to keep the fan off the pitch.

“I do not understand the difference in treatment,” Maldini told the Milan Web site.

“More than 10 years ago they would ban teams from their stadium for two games for a little bottle hitting a goalkeeper.

“Dida made a mistake but I don’t understand this disparity,” added the 39-year-old.

Milan said on Thursday they would appeal against Dida’s ban.


Arsenal’s hard fought victory over Sunderland takes them back to the top of the Premiership with the Gunners now BP 9-4 to win the title.

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