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Carlisle midfielder faces English football's first-ever retrospective diving ban

Shaun Miller is alleged to have committed a ‘clear act of simulation’ which led to a penalty for his side.

Miller could be banned for two games.
Miller could be banned for two games.
Image: Dave Howarth

CARLISLE MIDFIELDER SHAUN Miller could become the first player in English football to be retrospectively banned for diving after he was charged by the Football Association.

The 30-year-old is alleged to have committed a clear act of simulation which led to a penalty being awarded to his side during the League Two clash with Wycombe Wanderers. He has been charged for ‘successful deception of a match official.’

Miller’s case will now be referred to a panel consisting of one former match official, an ex-manager and an ex-player, who will determine whether they consider it was an offence of ‘successful deception’ of a match official.

The FA extended its powers to punish simulation retrospectively at the start of the 2017/18 season by introducing the new offence to its regulations.

“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,” a FA statement read.

“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.”

If found guilty of simulation by all three members of panel, offending players will receive a two-match suspension.

Furthermore, should a charge of ‘successful deception of a match official’ be admitted or found proven, the Independent Regulatory Commission will have the power to rescind the caution or dismissal received by the opposing player as a result of the simulation if it chooses to do so.

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