Think be­fore you dive

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS -

LON­DON — English soc­cer is in­tro­duc­ing ret­ro­spec­tive bans of at least two matches for play­ers who de­ceive ref­er­ees by div­ing to win a penalty or get an op­po­nent sent off.

The English Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion an­nounced on Thurs­day that a new of­fence of “suc­cess­ful de­cep­tion of a match of­fi­cial” will ap­ply from next sea­son.

The FA says this will be en­forced “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.”

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.

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