Everton's Oumar Niasse has simulation ban appeal rejected
By Mark Crellin
Last Updated: 22/11/17 6:42pm
Everton forward Oumar Niasse will serve a two-game suspension for simulation after his appeal was rejected by the FA.
Niasse became the first Premier League player to be retrospectively charged with 'successful deception of a match official' following Saturday's 2-2 draw at Crystal Palace.
Having gone a goal down at Selhurst Park, Everton equalised from the penalty spot after Scott Dann was controversially ruled to have fouled Niasse by referee Anthony Taylor.
Under new laws that began at the start of the season, the incident was subsequently reviewed by an independent three-person panel which decided the match official had been deceived by an act of simulation.
Everton appealed the verdict but the FA have rejected his appeal and Niasse will be suspended for the upcoming Premier League matches at Southampton and at home to West Ham.
Everton released a statement on Wednesday afternoon which read: "Although we are disappointed by the decision of the Independent Regulatory Commission to reject Oumar's denial of the charge, the club and the player accept the outcome of today's hearing.
"We will make further comment when we have fully reviewed the observations contained in the report."
An FA statement read: "It was alleged he [Niasse] committed an act of simulation which led to a penalty being awarded in the 5th minute of the game against Crystal Palace on 18 November 2017.
"He denied the charge, however, it was found proven following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing today [Wednesday 22 November 2017].
"Incidents which suggest a match official has been deceived by an act of simulation are referred to a panel consisting of one ex-match official, one ex-manager and one ex-player.
"Each panel member will be asked to review all available video footage independently of one another to determine whether they consider it was an offence of 'Successful Deception of a Match Official'.
"Only in circumstances where the panel are unanimous would The FA issue a charge."