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Premier League history made as Everton's Oumar Niasse charged for diving

The Toffees striker was guilty of ‘successful deception of a match official’ in Saturday’s draw with Crystal Palace, according to the FA.

Niasse in action against Jeffrey Schlupp of Palace.
Niasse in action against Jeffrey Schlupp of Palace.
Image: Steven Paston

EVERTON STRIKER OUMAR Niasse has become the first Premier League player charged with ‘successful deception of a match official’.

The Toffees forward went to ground with minimal contact from Crystal Palace defender Scott Dann to win his side a penalty during Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Selhurst Park.

Awarded by referee Anthony Taylor, the spot-kick was dispatched by Leighton Baines, while Senegal international Niasse also went on to score from open play later in the game.

Back in May, new laws were introduced by the FA in an attempt to clamp down on simulation.

A three-man panel — consisting of an ex-match official, a former manager and an ex-player — has reviewed the case and Niasse is now looking at a two-match ban.

Everton have until 6pm today to appeal the charge.

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