FA approve retrospective 'diving' bans - Full Gist News


Thursday, 18 May 2017

FA approve retrospective 'diving' bans

The Football Association have announced it will punish players with retrospective action if found guilty of simulation from next season. 

The new offence of 'successful deception of a match official' will see players banned for two games if found guilty of simulation.

A panel consisting of an ex-manager, ex-player and an ex-referee will watch the footage, and if they unanimously agree that an offence was committed, the player will face a two-game ban. 

If a player admits a charge or is found guilty of simulation, the Independent Regulatory
Commission will have the power to rescind any yellow or red card giving to the opposing player. 

"Although attempts to deceive the referee by feigning injury or pretending to have been fouled is a cautionable offence for unsporting behaviour, the fact that the act of simulation has succeeded in deceiving a match official and, therefore, led to a penalty and/or dismissal, justifies a more severe penalty which would act as a deterrent," the FA said in a statement. 

The rule change was approved by the Premier League, the EFL and the Professional Footballers' Association.

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