Everton Striker Facing Retrospective Ban Following Palace Dive

0 Posted by - November 21, 2017 - News

Everton striker Oumar Niasse could well become the first player to be retrospectively banned for diving by the new FA panel, following the penalty he won at Selhurst Park last Saturday afternoon.

The Senegal international took a theatrical tumble in the box after brushing the shirt of Palace defender Scott Dann just inside the line of the 18-yard-box. Whilst referee Anthony Taylor had absolutely no hesitation in pointing to the spot, the Palace players, fans and coaches were all left bemused by he decision, as were Niasse’s Everton teammates, given the fact that none of them appeared to appeal for a spot-kick to be awarded.

Newly introduced this season, a three-man panel will now look to see if they can find undeniable evidence that the Toffees frontman “dived” following the tiny amount of contact from Dann, with a guilty verdict set to see him banned for their next two fixtures.

Under the letter of the law there is contact on the shirt of the striker which, according to him, was all that he needed to hit the deck. Despite that, the exaggerated manner in which he falls to the turf (think of a cowboy in the midst of a shootout on the set of a particularly low budget Western) should surely be looked upon as concrete proof that he’s attempted to con the officials.

Whilst Dann himself said as much during his post-match interview, Niasse admitted that he “heard” the contact rather than feeling it before going on to state that he “had to go down”. In truth, the real blame for the penalty should be placed at the feet of Anthony Taylor for being soft enough to give it but in these circumstances, it’s always impossible to punish the referee.

Quite how a retrospective ban would help us moving forward is anyone’s guess but I suppose it’s progress in some sense.

I’m sure we’ll find out the panel’s verdict over the next 24 hours.

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  • Kevin November 21, 2017 - 7:52 am Reply

    If guilty then the team’s advantage of a goal should be revoked and whatever the final score is from the judges decision of a dive should stand and if the points need to be adjusted from the final score minus the penalty goal then the that is what should happen as well as the guilty player getting banned. That will stop this type of action in the game. Clubs should then fine the player involved in diving. Ref’s has a split second to call it. The judges get to watch it again and again, make the club and player answer for the action, I know coaches tell players to go down in the area so they need to pay to.

    • admin November 21, 2017 - 7:57 am Reply

      It’s a bold idea but it would certainly put an end to it Kevin, no arguments there.

    • Sally Bruce November 21, 2017 - 8:21 am Reply

      You beat me to it Kevin. It makes absolutely no sense to find him guilty of diving and ban him for two matches but leave the wrongly awarded penalty in place. Not only are we denied two points but Everton face West Ham for the second banned match which could also adversely affect our future. The bold decision was to set up the FA panel in the first place but it’s pointless if it doesn’t follow through.

  • Kevin November 21, 2017 - 8:34 am Reply

    FA says it want’s to clean the game up maybe us fans that are tired of this type of play should start voicing our opinions

  • Charles Cook November 21, 2017 - 8:57 am Reply

    Makes me laugh this . Niasse did ( unfortunately ) what any Premiership striker would do but I guess if you make enough noise about it then it becomes a dive . He went down too easily but they all do but you’d never get that from the fuss here .
    This stuff happens all the time and all over the pitch and when Palace fans are pointing fingers it’s worth remembering that in your ranks are Cabaye – one of the most horrible snides in the entire division and Zaha who I like but you know ? Going down easily ? Come on guys …

    • admin November 21, 2017 - 9:37 am Reply

      My issue isn’t really with Niasse, given the frequency with which it’s done but Anthony Taylor who fell for it hook, line and sinker.

      Why you’ve chosen to bring Cabaye into a debate about diving I’m not sure, as for Zaha, I see you’ve bought into the myth.

  • Kevin November 21, 2017 - 10:00 am Reply

    Just because I am a palace fan doesn’t mean Palace players are off the hook, if they are proven guilty then we should lose the points to. If we are going to blame Taylor blame him for allowing a dozen fouls in a row with no cards shown. We know as the presenters told us at least one Everton player should have been red carded. As for Zaha and Cabaye they only do what others do and are told to do, same as Hazard, Sterling, Rooney should I keep going every team has their platers who goes down easy cos there is no real punishment even banned they still get paid.

  • Brad November 21, 2017 - 10:56 am Reply

    Some of the comments on here are laughable, the FA or League cannot alter the result of the match, they do not have that power.
    The only thing they can do is what they are trying to do(give retrospective bans).
    The only other thing they can do but it will need sanctioning from FIFA with is most unlikely, is if the opposing team are disadvantaged by an event, strike out the result and order the game replayed, which they do have the power to do.

  • Percy of Peckham November 21, 2017 - 10:01 pm Reply

    It’s too little and too late … no retrospective action will be taken over the result. Bearing in mind that the man who dived and shouldn’t have been on the pitch scored Everyone’s second goal. Fast forward to making video replays part of the game with real time feedback to the match officials.

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