UEFA charges Shakhtar's Adriano for unfair play
NYON, Switzerland (AP) -Shakhtar Donetsk forward Luiz Adriano was charged by UEFA on Wednesday for disrespecting Champions League opponent Nordsjaelland by scoring an uncontested goal after a drop ball.
UEFA opened a disciplinary case against Luiz Adriano for "violation of the principles of conduct'' in Tuesday's match in Denmark.
The case will be judged next Tuesday.
The controversy followed a stoppage in play when a Nordsjaelland player was injured.
Luiz Adriano infuriated Nordsjaelland players and fans after an uncontested drop ball by racing to collect teammate Willian's kick downfield that was intended for the home goalkeeper.
The Brazilian forward ignored watching defenders, dribbled around the `keeper and shot into an empty net.
The goal was allowed by French referee Antony Gautier before Luiz Adriano was pursued back into his own half by protesting Nordsjaelland players.
Luiz Adriano's goal made it 1-1, and he eventually scored three in a 5-2 win that ensured Shakhtar advanced to the last 16.
"Their striker didn't get it,'' Nordsjaelland captain Nicolai Stokholm said. "I looked down at my armband and there's something about respect - it has to be said we didn't see much of that.
"We thought that they would give us a goal. Half their team seemed to think so too, but the other half didn't.''
UEFA said it brought charges based on Article 5 of its disciplinary regulations. It includes clauses on conduct which is "insulting or otherwise violates the basic rules of decent,'' and which "brings the sport of football, and UEFA in particular, into disrepute.''
Luiz Adriano faces being suspended for Shakhtar's final home match against Juventus on Dec. 5. The Italian champions will also advance, at the expense of Chelsea, if they avoid defeat in Ukraine.
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