English FA approves retrospective bans for diving

Erica Murray
May 19, 2017

Players found guilty of deception will be given a TWO-MATCH ban retrospectively.

It's a fancy description for when someone like the referee has been lied to by a player - and they've gained from it, through getting a penalty or getting a rival player dismissed.

Instead, it will be adopted in the same way that the FA now reviews red card offenses for violent conduct or serious foul play: if the referee did not see the simulation then they can act and hand down a retroactive suspension, so yellow cards for diving cannot be later made suspensions.

A panel featuring a former match official, ex-manager, and former player will review footage of incidents and have to unanimously agree to charge offenders.

There have been a number of notable cases this season, with England pair Harry Kane and Marcus Rashford among those to come under the microscope.

The Football Association are looking to bring a new rule to the game where diving will result in a ban for the player responsible.

It has been preconized that the English Football League, Premier League, Professional Footballers' Association, to say nothing of League Managers Association actually underpin the initiative.

That's what English football will face already next season.

However, recent moves to introduce goal-line technology and video assistant referees indicate that even Federation Internationale de Football Association realises match officials need more help and supporters want better decisions.

However, Fifa has not challenged the SFA's introduction of a two-match ban for simulation nor its wiping out of yellow cards for those punished in error.

Rangers winger Sone Aluko became the first player to be punished in December 2011 after winning a penalty against Dunfermline, but Gers boss Ally McCoist raged against the decision, saying: "The three gentlemen on the panel have effectively called my player a cheat and a liar, neither of which he is".

It will be reduced to 10 members and three of those need to be women by 2018.

They decide whether a footballer should get a punishment or not, although they can appeal. And term limits of three three-year stints will also be introduced for board and council members.

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