Premier League brings in two-match bans for players who con referee by diving

The FA has confirmed a rule change that will see a three-man panel review video footage of simulation that hasn’t been spotted by match officials.

Manchester United's Marcus Rashford takes a tumble in the Swansea box.
Manchester United's Marcus Rashford takes a tumble in the Swansea box.
Image: Martin Rickett

FROM NEXT SEASON, players who dive in the Premier League are likely to be hit with retrospective bans.

The rule change was agreed upon during the FA’s annual general meeting at Wembley today in the hope of clamping down on simulation in the English top flight.

A three-man panel — consisting of an ex-match official, a former manager and an ex-player — will meet to review video footage containing possible cases of ‘successful deception of a match official’, which resulted in either a penalty or a yellow/red card.

If the offending player is found guilty, he will be handed a two-match suspension, while the Independent Regulatory Commission also has the power to rescind cards that have been handed out to opposing players due to the simulation.

“This process would be similar to the one used now for a red card offence [violent conduct/serious foul play/spitting at an opponent] which was not seen at the time by the match officials but caught on camera,” the FA statement reads.

“In this situation, three ex-elite match officials review all the available video footage independently of one another and then advise The FA as to whether they believe it was an offence worthy of instant dismissal.”

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