Friday, May 19, 2017

FA introduces ban for diving

Diving is now officially outlawed in English football as players will be punished for the deceptive act from next season under new Football Association regulations.

Under the new rules, passed by the country's football governing body at its annual general meeting on Thursday, a panel will review footage each Monday looking for cases of simulation.

Any player who is found to be guilty of diving would be banned.

The FA defines the new offence for which players will be punished as "successful deception of a match official".

Only incidents that result in a player winning a penalty or lead to an opponent being sent off - through either a direct red card or two yellow cards - will be punished.

The FA says it will act "where there is clear and overwhelming evidence to suggest a match official has been deceived by an act of simulation, and as a direct result, the offending player's team has been awarded a penalty and/or an opposing player has been dismissed".
Its panel will consist of one former match official, one ex-manager and one ex-player.

The announcement follows what the FA said was "a period of consultation with stakeholders over the past few months".

The rule change also required approval from the Premier League, the EFL and the Professional Footballers' Association.

Soyrce: BBC

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