Published On: Fri, May 19th, 2017

FA diving ban: How will the new ruling work? When will it come into play?


The new offence – ‘Successful Deception of a Match Official’ – will come into force at the start of the 2017-18 season with those suspected of cheating subjected to trial by video. Anybody found guilty of cheating will be handed a two-match ban.

Football’s authorities had been working on the proposal since January and felt the time was right to act in light of FIFA’s new stance on using video refereeing in specific circumstances.

Any player found to have acted in any manner, whether by diving or feigning injury, that is designed to falsely win a penalty or get an opponent sent off can be charged retrospectively.

That includes simulation leading to either yellow card if a player is sent off after receiving two of them in the same game.

Instances will be dealt with on a fast-track system under similar measures already in place for unseen incidents.

A three-man panel consisting of a former match official, an ex-player and an ex-manager will look at video evidence independently and if all three decide unanimously that simulation has been used, the player in question will be charged.

At that point, the player can either accept the punishment or request a personal hearing. If simulation is found the panel has the power to rescind any yellow or red cards that have been handed out as a result.

The two-match ban is designed as a deterrent to prevent diving rather than to punish it. If a referee spots simulation during the game, the punishment is merely a yellow card.

The measures will be implemented in the Premier League, Football League, National League and Women’s Super League.

Bookmakers William Hill immediately installed Manchester City pair Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane as 10-1 joint favourites to be the first player to fall foul of the new regulations.



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