Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

English soccer introduces retrospective bans for simulation


Footballers found guilty of diving or feigning injury are to be retrospectively banned for two matches, under new rules to be introduced in England next season.

Retrospective action can be taken when an alleged offence has not been seen by the referee and has resulted in a penalty, a red card or a second yellow card.

The new offence, coming under the name of "Successful Deception of a Match Official", will be in force from the start of the 2017-18 season.

The three-man panel will be made up of one ex-referee, one ex-manager and one former player - and they must unanimously agree of the simulation.

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The system is already used in Scotland - Hearts winger Jamie Walker was the first man penalised after being given a two-match ban for diving against Celtic.

The new rule will apply across English football and has been supported by the English Football League, the League Managers Association, the Premier League and the Professional Footballers' Association.

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Per the Independent, the Football Association have been considering the rule since January, and are set to pass it today.

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The FA received £30million from Sport England between 2013-17 and would lose about £15million of that - as grants to governing bodies have fallen and it has already been given £5.6million for disability football and the women's game - if it fails to make its decision-making more accountable and diverse.

Football was slow to introduce technology but in the last five years has embraced goal-line sensors and is in the advanced stages of trialling in-game video replays for "match-changing" incidents.

Three players have been punished this season, including Falkirk's Myles Hippolyte, whose acrobatic fall against Dunfermline prompted the Fife club to highlight the video footage on social media. Walker is among the players to have had yellow cards for simulation overturned following an appeal. They will benefit all of English football.

"And then bring a sin bin in so we can put him in the sin bin for 10 minutes and then put him back on and stop paying all these people money to do rubbish situations in the game".

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