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THE Football Association has voted in favour of introducing retrospective bans for players who dive or feign injury from next season.

The new offence of 'successful deception of a match official' is based on a law already used in Scotland and was approved at the FA's annual general meeting at Wembley yesterday.

Incidents will be reviewed by a panel comprised of an ex-manager, ex-player and an ex-referee, and they watch the footage independently. If they are unanimous in believing a player deceived a match official, the sanction will be a two-match ban.

This process is similar to the one already used for red-card offences which were missed at the time but caught on camera, and the cases will be fast-tracked.

In a statement, the FA said: "Although attempts to deceive the referee by feigning injury or pretending to have been fouled is a cautionable offence for unsporting behaviour, the fact that the act of simulation has succeeded in deceiving a match official and, therefore, led to a penalty and/or dismissal, justifies a more severe penalty which would act as a deterrent."

If a player admits to a charge of successfully deceiving an official, or is found to have done so, any yellow or red card given to an opposing player, as a result of the deceit, can be rescinded.

The new rule will apply across English football.

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:May 19, 2017
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