Oumar Niasse has become the first player charged by the FA for ‘successful deception of a match official’ after his alleged dive for Everton against Crystal Palace in the Premier League at the weekend.
The forward won a penalty for the Toffees but has since been accused of diving and now faces a two-match ban as retrospective punishment for his actions.
The FA passed a new law at their Annual General Meeting over the summer stating that two-match bans can now be handed out for simulation.
Footage of questionable incidents will now be reviewed each Monday be a three-man panel which is made up of an ex-match official, ex-manager and ex-player.
The three panel members all watch the footage individually and come to their conclusions on their own.
Action will be taken if there is, ‘clear and overwhelming evidence to suggest a match official has been deceived by an act of simulation’ and the panel come to an unanimous decision.
As well as players being retroactively punished, those who committed the initial ‘foul’ can have yellow or red cards rescinded if a dive is adjudged to have been committed.
Niasse will discover his fate in the coming days as the charge has been made, but Everton have contested it.