April 29, 2009 / 8:51 PM / 10 years ago

Soccer-"Cunning" Colombian player banned after admitting dive

BOGOTA, April 29 (Reuters) - A Colombian player has been suspended after he publicly admitted diving while his opponent, who was sent off in the incident, has been given a reprieve.

Santa Fe goalkeeper Agustin Julio was dismissed for allegedly fouling Millonarios forward Carmelo Valencia during Sunday’s derby.

However, Valencia later admitted he faked the foul and said: “Football is for the cunning, not for suckers.”

The Colombian league Dimayor said on its website (www.dimayor.com.co) that Valencia would be banned for one game and Julio’s automatic one-match suspension had been lifted.

“The evidence which has been analysed clearly showed that the goalkeeper of Santa Fe made no contact with Carmelo Valencia and it is therefore a case of simulation which induced the referee into making a mistake,” said Dimayor.

“The disciplinary commission believes it appropriate to restore his (Julio’s) sporting integrity and nullify the sending off.” (Editing by Rex Gowar; to query or comment on this story email sportsfeedback@thomsonreuters.com)

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