Two days after Oumar Niasse was suspended for two matches having been found guilty of committing a ‘Successful Deception of a Match Official' in winning a fifth-minute penalty at Crystal Palace last weekend, it emerged Anthony Taylor had been satisfied he had not been conned.
The revelation, included in the written reasons for the verdict of the independent regulatory commission which sat in judgment on Niasse on Tuesday, raised questions about the application of a Football Association rule change predicated on match officials being deceived into incorrectly awarding a penalty or sending a player off.
Published on Friday, those written reasons of a three-strong panel, chaired by Blackburn Rovers' championship-winning winger Stuart Ripley and featuring fellow ex-players Paul Raven and Marvin Robinson, found Niasse had “exaggerated the effect of a normal contact in order to deceive the referee”.
Effectively branding Niasse a cheat, the commission deemed the 27-year-old's body movement when he and Palace defender Scott Dann had come into contact “were simply not consistent with the amount of force exerted upon him”.
The panel added: “The nature of the contact made by Dann was minimal and would not have thrown Niasse off balance and knock him down in the way he portrayed.”
Confirming Taylor had stood by his penalty award after watching replays of it following the game, Everton caretaker manager David Unsworth added: “When we find out the referee after the game has reviewed the incident again from several angles and he continues to state it is a penalty, that is where the problem is.
“I think it is very dangerous, not from the FA point of view, but for the game in general.”
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