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'He conned the referee' - Crystal Palace’s Dann accuses Everton's Niasse of diving

16:32 GMT 20/11/2017
Scott Dann, Oumar Niasse - Crystal Palace vs. Everton
The Eagles skipper said the 27-year-old fooled Anthony Taylor to win a penalty for the Toffees' equaliser at Selhurst Park

Crystal Palace defender Scott Dann has accused Everton striker Oumar Niasse of diving in Saturday’s English Premier League encounter.

With the hosts a goal up, the Senegal international went down in the box under the challenge of the English defender, and Leighton Baines dispatched the resulting penalty.

On the stroke of half time, the ex-Lokomotiv Moscow player converted an effort to earn the Toffees a 2-2 draw, after Wilfried Zaha had restored the Eagles' lead ten minutes earlier.

But Dann is aggrieved with the decision of referee Anthony Taylor to award a spot kick for the visitors' equaliser, stating he was 'conned' by the 27-year-old's theatrics.

“It definitely wasn’t a penalty. I have seen it again and he dived,” Dann told The Sun.

“He [Niasse] has conned the referee. I didn’t think there was contact but if there was it was minimal.

“I’ve not tried to tackle him. He has gone past me and you can see on the replays that he has dived. It was a poor decision. He probably knows he has conned them.

“I spoke to the referee. I was a bit shocked that he gave it.

“He was adamant at the time it was a penalty. Afterwards, I think he probably knew he made the wrong decision."

Niasse has scored five goals in seven top-flight appearances so far this term but could miss Everton's next two Premier League games against Southampton and West Ham United if the FA’s retrospective disciplinary panel find him guilty of diving against Palace.