Fan attack on Dida overshadows Celtic win

GLASGOW, Oct 3 (Reuters) AC Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti said the Champions League holders would not ask for today's 2-1 defeat at Celtic to be overturned after goalkeeper Dida was struck in the face by a fan towards the end of the match.

Asked if the result should be overturned he told reporters: ''No, I don't think so. When Dida went down it had nothing to do with the result anyway. We made a mistake with the defence.'' Dida was carried off on a stretcher after the incident in which a supporter ran on to the pitch following Scott McDonald's late winner in the Group D clash.

''A fan must never enter the field of play but I don't believe Dida has done anything serious. Now I will see how he is,'' Ancelotti told SKY television.

UEFA's director of communications William Gaillard told the BBC it would wait for the referee's report before making a decision on whether to punish Celtic over the episode.

FULL INVESTIGATION Celtic manager Gordon Strachan said he did not see the incident but a spokesman for the Glasgow club said: ''Celtic will launch a full investigation and there will be a full statement tomorrow.'' The Scottish champions went ahead after a dull, rain-lashed first half when captain Stephen McManus bundled in a close-range shot at the back post after Aiden McGeady's corner skidded across the face of goal in the 62nd minute.

The ball took a last touch off Milan's Yoann Gourcuff.

The Italians levelled from a penalty six minutes later, awarded when Lee Naylor pulled down Massimo Ambrosini. Kaka sent Celtic keeper Artur Boruc the wrong way from the spot, before McDonald grabbed the winner in the 90th minute.

''I didn't think it was a penalty,'' Strachan said. ''I don't think the ball was anywhere near the lad it was that high. I felt aggrieved at that (decision).

''It's been a wonderful couple of nights,'' he added. ''For Rangers to beat Lyon and then us to beat the European champions and with Scotland also doing so well (in World Cup qualifiers), it's been excellent.'' REUTERS SBA AS0343

Story first published: Thursday, October 4, 2007, 9:37 [IST]
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