Goncalves accepts ban

St Mirren striker Esmael Goncalves has accepted a two-match ban after he was accused of diving against Celtic last weekend.

Last Updated: 04/04/13 at 17:55 Post Comment

Esmael Goncalves: Has accepted two-match ban for diving

Esmael Goncalves: Has accepted two-match ban for diving

St Mirren striker Esmael Goncalves has accepted a two-match ban after he was accused of diving to win his side a penalty in Sunday's Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash with Celtic.

The Saints frontman was issued with a Notice of Complaint by the Scottish Football Association's compliance officer following the 1-1 draw in Paisley.

The Portuguese won a spot-kick for the home side when he went to ground following a challenge by Emilio Izaguirre, which Paul McGowan converted to level Kris Commons' early opener.

On-loan Rio Ave striker Goncalves has breached rule 202 which refers to "causing a match official to make an incorrect decision by committing an act of simulation" and will now miss this Saturday's Fir Park fixture with Motherwell and the Buddies' first game after the SPL split.

Celtic boss Neil Lennon raged at the "appalling" performance of referee Bobby Madden after the controversial encounter, which also saw Hoops midfielder Victor Wanyama shown a red card after the break for a challenge on McGowan.

On the Goncalves incident, the Northern Irishman said: "The penalty that St Mirren did get was outside the box and there is no contact."


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