On This Day in 2017 – Everton’s Oumar Niasse hit with retrospective diving ban
The Senegal international won a controversial penalty at Crystal Palace but was later suspended for two matches.
Everton striker Oumar Niasse became the first Premier League player to be hit with a retrospective suspension for diving on this day in 2017.
The Senegal international was handed a two-match ban by the Football Association after winning a controversial penalty, under pressure from Scott Dann, in a 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.
Niasse’s punishment came six months after the FA voted in favour of introducing new laws in an attempt to clamp down on players diving or feigning injury.
Everton caretaker boss David Unsworth felt a “dangerous precedent” could be set by the sanction.
“I think these people (the FA) will be very busy,” he said. “He (Niasse) was shocked and I was shocked (by the charge).
“It’s a dangerous precedent that could be set if decisions are given against you which are debatable.”
Niasse denied he had “committed an act of simulation” which led to a spot-kick being awarded in the fifth minute of the game in south London.
But he was found guilty by the FA’s Independent Regulatory Commission, which includes former players.
Leighton Baines converted the contentious penalty to cancel out James McArthur’s early opener before Niasse earned Everton a point by equalising following a goal from Eagles forward Wilfried Zaha.
Palace boss Roy Hodgson said: “My only satisfaction is that the FA and the people who make those decisions have sided with me rather than the player.”