Everton striker Niasse pleads innocence in diving claim

Aubrey Yates
November 21, 2017

"Successful deception of a match official" is the technical term the FA used when they made the announcement, adding that they will act.

Niasse, who himself scored later in the 2-2 draw, defended himself following the incident and told the Liverpool Echo he would be "shocked" to be charged.

In a bid to clamp down on diving in the Premier League, the FA introduced a new law over the summer that would see players punished for simulation. The contact was on my upper body but when I felt the contact I was in the box so that is it: that is all I have to do, go on the floor.

Niasse has become the first Premier League player to be charged for "successful deception of a match official" and has until 18:00 GMT on Tuesday to respond.

With the hosts a goal up, the Senegal worldwide went down in the box under the challenge of the English defender, and Leighton Baines dispatched the resulting penalty.

Leighton Baines tucked away the resulting penalty to cancel out Wilfried Zaha's early opener at Selhurst Park.

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Only in circumstances where the panel are unanimous would the FA issue a charge. If found guilty, he would be hit with a two-game ban that would rule him out of Sunday's trip to St Mary's and the clash with relegation rivals West Ham, now managed by former coach Moyes, on 29 November.

However, it is alleged the Everton striker committed an act of simulation which led to the penalty being awarded in the fifth minute of the game.

".where there is clear and overwhelming evidence to suggest a match official has been deceived by an act of simulation, and as a direct result, the offending player's team has been awarded a penalty and/or an opposing player has been dismissed".

Niasse celebrates scoring his sides second goal.

"We feel hard done by, I suppose", he said.

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