Published: Thu, May 18, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

English FA approves retrospective bans for diving

English FA approves retrospective bans for diving

Simulation has been an issue in the game for years and there have been a number of notable cases this season, including Robert Snodgrass' dive to earn a penalty for Hull against Crystal Palace and other alleged incidents involving the likes of Leroy Sané, Dele Alli and Marcus Rashford.

Hearts winger Jamie Walker was the first penalised when he got a two-match ban for diving against Celtic.

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.

"A new offence of "Successful Deception of a Match Official" will be in force from the start of the 2017-18 season, after the regulation change was approved by The FA Council today [18 May] and following a period of consultation with stakeholders over the past few months", reads an official statement from the FA.

The FA will only be able to impose the ban if the panel's decision is unanimous. The panel will consist of one ex-match official, one ex-manager and one ex-player.

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Robert Snodgrass apologised after winning a penalty for Hull earlier this season

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 to develop disability football and the women's game - if it fails to make its decision-making more accountable, diverse and transparent.

"In accepted and/or proven cases of simulation and/or feigning injury, the offending player would receive a two-match suspension".

The retrospective approach works both ways though.

Approval from at least 75 per cent of the shareholders, on a show of hands, will be the final step in a process many FA critics, including several of Clarke's predecessors, believed would never happen. They will benefit all of English football. And term limits of three three-year stints will also be introduced for board and council members.

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