In January of this year Sports Shorts wrote about the possibility of the introduction of a retrospective diving ban. At the time of writing it was unclear whether the FA would be able to convince its various stakeholders this was a good idea.
Ahead of the culmination of the Premier League season on Sunday, the FA announced that it would be extending its powers to punish “simulation” (diving to you and I) retrospectively from next season and that a new offence of “Successful Deception of a Match Official” was approved at last Thursday’s FA annual general meeting.
The FA further confirmed that:
“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, The FA will be able to act retrospectively under its Fast Track system.
A 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 independently of one another and then advise The FA as to whether they believe it was an offence of ‘Successful Deception of a Match Official’. Only in circumstances where the panel are unanimous would The FA charge the individual concerned.
This process would be similar to the one used now for a red card offence [violent conduct/serious foul play/spitting at an opponent] which was not seen at the time by the match officials but caught on camera. In this situation, three ex-elite match officials review all the available video footage independently of one another and then advise The FA as to whether they believe it was an offence worthy of instant dismissal.
In accepted and/or proven cases of simulation and/or feigning injury, the offending player would receive a two-match suspension.”