Everton striker Oumar Niasse hit with diving charge


While reports suggest Niasse could be hit with a two match-ban for his theatrical swan dive over the place where he presumed Scott Dann's leg would be, that is nothing compared with the potential significance of Everton salvaging a draw at Selhurst Park.

The Football Association in its infinite (lack of) wisdom has chose to make an example out of Everton's Oumar Niasse, making him the first player in the Premier League to be hit by a two-match suspension for diving.

Hodgson was unhappy with the decision after the match, while Niasse was accused of "conning" the ref by Dann, and it seems as though the FA have taken a similar view on the incident.

Niasse, 27, would not be the first player in English football to be punished under the regulations introduced for the 2017-18 season. For Niasse, a two-game ban for diving is a small price to pay for a point which could feasibly be the difference between survival and relegation - with all the inconvenient turmoil and slashed wages the latter could bring.

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"It is alleged he committed an act of simulation which led to a penalty being awarded in the 5th minute of the game", the FA statement said.

"He has until 6pm on Nov 21, 2017, to respond".

The FA issued the charge after a panel consisting of one match official, one former manager and a former player reviewed footage of the controversial flashpoint.

The forward was out of favour at the start of the campaign but, with the Toffees struggling for results, he has now scored five goals in seven Premier League appearances this season.