Everton striker Oumar Niasse has become the first Premier League player to be charged with ‘conning’ a referee.
The FA panel came to a unanimous decision that the 27-year-old dived to win a penalty in the 2-2 draw against Crystal Palace, falling under the category of ‘Successful Deception of a Match Official’.
Oumar Niasse has until 18:00 GMT on Tuesday to respond to the charge, which will see him suspended for two matches if upheld.
“Incidents which suggest a match official has been deceived by an act of simulation are referred to a panel consisting of one ex-match official, one ex-manager and one ex-player,” read part of the FA’s statement.
“Each panel member will be asked to review all available video footage independently one of another to determine whether they consider it was an offence of ‘Successful Deception of a Match Official’.”
“Only in the circumstances where the panel are unanimous would the FA issue a charge.”
Regardless of the outcome, the rule has the potential to stamp diving out of the game as players know they run the risk of suspension and ignominy if they decide to go to ground under minimal contact.