Think back to the outcry as a result of Oumar Niasse on Saturday 18 November 2017 versus Crystal Palace (Away).
Niasse sparked controversy in the match by appearing to dive to win Everton a penalty, which was converted by Leighton Baines to make the score 1–1 in the first half. He subsequently became the first Premier League player to be charged with "successful deception of a match official" under The Football Association's new regulations and received a two-match suspension.
My first thoughts were the FA were looking for a scapegoat for the increase in players diving or going down to the ground with the slightest touch. After the decision with Walcott versus Brighton, would Walcott have committed a similar offence if he had actually gone down?
We are now over two years past Niasse's "deception" but we keep seeing players committing fraudulent falls with hardly a yellow card being brandished let alone a deception charge being brought afterwards. Perhaps, after the FA exonerated Michael Keane at Brighton, Aaron Connolly the Brighton player should have been charged with deception!
We have seen no further "deceptions" being punished after the media onslaught against Niasse. Why have the FA gone quiet?
A few years ago, Kuyt of Liverpool launched a nasty two-footed tackle against Phil Neville and failed! However, the referee Clattenberg failed to apply the law of intent to Kuyt's actions.
So are we to believe only successful deception and on-field violence are to be punished? Any donkey going down to claim a penalty is not guilty of any offence unless it would win an Oscar award for acting. Perhaps, Oumar Niasse should receive a Bafta award for his so-called acting skills. It seems clear that the logic suggests that not one player since has set out to deceive a referee again!
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1 Posted 13/01/2020 at 22:47:14
That's why, I think we will never see the likes of a retrospective ban again for diving. VAR will decide there and then if a penalty is the correct decision (haha) or not. I think Niasse has his own little piece of premier league history here, the only player to receive a retrospective ban for diving.
2 Posted 14/01/2020 at 03:24:46
I recall the Glenn Keeley incident in the 0-5 Derby where he was sent off, early on, for pulling back Daglish (I think) when he was through on goal. The FA had made it a red card offence after an incident in the Cup Final involving, I think, Ian Ure who pulled back a player who probably would have scored,
The new rule was quickly forgotten about and I think Keeley was the only one sent off for that.
3 Posted 14/01/2020 at 03:56:51
Got to go, there's something I have to look at in the opposite direction.
4 Posted 14/01/2020 at 23:58:30
It's remains unexplained to this day. The motivates are very suspicious at the time and will remain so.
5 Posted 15/01/2020 at 09:43:08
6 Posted 15/01/2020 at 14:44:31
The Niasse incident struck me as typical of the media and the FA at the time and I just went back and looked at the original match report on the BBC. It doesn't mention the penalty being controversial or a dive but then, in the filmed interview with Hodgson, he keeps referring to it being unjust and John Murray then asks him if he thinks it should be looked at by the diving panel at the FA.
One suspects without that, the FA probably wouldn't have done anything but regardless, this smacked of them looking at us and seeing an opportunity to look like they were on the case. We had no permanent coach at the time so they knew they wouldn't get hammered via the media Mourinho style.
The FA has shown this season that it's beyond contemptible. I am not condoning what Niasse did but I've seen just the same from other players and nothing happened.
7 Posted 15/01/2020 at 15:17:10
8 Posted 15/01/2020 at 15:27:05
Also, how can a red card after a VAR be rescinded? Where does it ever end? A review of a review?
Furthermore why haven't Salah or Mané ever been booked for simulation / exaggeration / deception? The latter, strong as an ox, has been felled by a "blow" my missus could have withstood without flinching.
That lack of a penalty decision against Walcott last Saturday still has me seething at the injustice.
9 Posted 15/01/2020 at 15:41:43
10 Posted 15/01/2020 at 16:05:53
11 Posted 15/01/2020 at 16:53:08
I only seethe about bad calls that actually cost us points.
12 Posted 15/01/2020 at 17:25:26
13 Posted 15/01/2020 at 17:52:41
14 Posted 17/01/2020 at 10:08:48
Both players outside of the sky darlings.
15 Posted 18/01/2020 at 12:17:51
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