FA Bans Diving: English FA Bans Diving During Matches From Next Season


FA Bans Diving: English FA Bans Diving During Matches From Next Season

Based on new regulations now set by the English Football Association, players who dive during matches will face bans from next season.

The new rule was passed by the football governing body at its annual general meeting on Thursday.

Under the new rules, a panel will review footage each Monday after the weekend games looking out for cases of simulation (diving).

The English Football Association have announced it will punish diving with retrospective action from next season.

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Players found guilty of diving under the new offence tagged ‘Successful Deception of a Match Official’ will receive a two-match ban.

According to the FA, retrospective action could be taken in the following scenarios:

1. Where an alleged act leads to a penalty

2. Where an alleged act leads to a straight red card for an opponent

3. Where an alleged act leads to a dismissal of an opponent [where the alleged act led to the opponent receiving either one of the two cautions]

English FA Bans Diving

The retrospective action panel consisting of one ex-match official, one ex-manager and one ex-player will be asked to review all available video footage of the incident.

All three will watch independently of one another and then advise the FA as to whether they believe it was an offense of ‘Successful Deception of a Match Official’.

Any player unanimously found guilty of diving would be given a suspension.

The FA also announced it has passed reforms it proposed in March, following criticism over the way it is run.

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The announcement follows what the FA said was “a period of consultation with stakeholders over the past few months”.

The rule change also required approval from the Premier League, the EFL and the Professional Footballers’ Association.

Speaking in December, Burnley manager Sean Dyche said he thought diving would be eradicated from football “in six months” if retrospective bans were introduced.

Such bans have been utilized in Scottish football since 2011.