The FA Approve Plans to Ban Players for Diving

  • May 18, 2017 | By Chris Mann
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The Football Association has confirmed players caught diving from next season could be banned under a new offence called 'Successful Deception of a Match Official'.

Following an Annual General Meeting on Thursday, the regulation change was approved by The FA Council and will come into force from the start of the 2017/18 season.

The rule will not apply to players deemed guilty of simulation by a match official, which will continue to be a cautionable offence, but instead in cases where alleged acts missed by officials but caught on camera leads to a penalty, red card for an opponent, or in instances where one or both of two bookable offences fell foul of diving.

A panel consisting of one former match official, former manager and former player will review video footage independently of one another and asked to provide their opinion on incidents in question, with players facing two-match suspensions in the event that the panel reach an unanimous agreement.

Should a charge of 'Successful Deception of a Match Official' be proven, The FA will have the power to rescind yellow and/or red cards against the opposing player accrued as a result of simulation.

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