FA to crack down on simulation with retrospective punishments

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Players in English football found to have deceived match officials through acts such as diving will receive a ban, the governing body has confirmed

The Football Association (FA) will have the power to retrospectively punish players for simulation from next season.

Following a ruling by the FA Council, a new offence - 'Successful Deception of a Match Official' - will come into force from the 2017-18 campaign, the governing body confirmed in a statement.

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A panel of one ex-match official, one former manager and one ex-player will review footage and advise whether an offence has been committed. Only in cases where they reach unanimous agreement will the player be charged.

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Retrospective action can be taken when an alleged offence has not been seen by the referee and has resulted in a penalty, a red card or a second yellow card.

Accepted or proven allegations of simulation or feigning injury will result in a two-match ban for the offending player.

If a charge of 'Successful Deception of a Match Official' is proven, then the Independent Regulatory Commission will have the ability to rescind the caution or dismissal received by the opposing player.

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