Thursday, 18 May 2017

English FA Will Ban Players For Diving From 2017-18 Season

Players who dive or feign injury in English football will face bans from next season under new Football Association regulations.
From the 2017-18 campaign, successful deception of a match official will be punishable, English FA confirmed in a statement on Thursday.
In a statement, the English FA said: “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.” 
Under the new rules, passed by the governing body at its annual general meeting on Thursday, a panel will review footage from the weekend each Monday looking for cases of simulation.

Any player unanimously found guilty of diving would be given a suspension.

Retrospective action can be taken when an offence has not been seen by the referee and has resulted in a penalty, a straight red card or a second yellow card.

The new rule will apply across English football and has been supported by the English Football League, the League Managers Association, the Premier League and the Professional Footballers’ Association.

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