Everton striker Oumar Niasse could become the first Premier League player to be banned for “successful deception of a match official” after he was charged by the English Football Association (FA).
Niasse won a controversial penalty under minimal contact from Crystal Palace defender Scott Dann during Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Selhurst Park. Leighton Baines went on to score the penalty for the Toffees.
The Senegal international was also on the scoresheet for Everton as he rescued a point for his team with their 2nd equaliser on the stroke of halftime and he has until 18:00 GMT later today to respond.
According to the new laws introduced in May, players could be charged after a game for simulation.
An FA statement read: “Incidents which suggest a match official has been deceived by an act of simulation are referred to a panel consisting of one ex-match official, one ex-manager and one ex-player.
“Each panel member will be asked to review all available video footage independently of one another to determine whether they consider it was an offence of ‘Successful Deception of a Match Official’.
“Only in circumstances where the panel are unanimous would the FA issue a charge.” the statement added.