Everton striker Niasse to fight dive charge

Everton's Oumar Niasse charged with alleged act of simulation against Crystal Palace

Everton's Oumar Niasse charged with alleged act of simulation against Crystal Palace

Palace took the lead inside the first minute through James McArthur, but Everton levelled through Leighton Baines' penalty after Scott Dann was deemed to have fouled Niasse. I haven't tried to tackle him; he has gone past me and you can see on the replays he has dived.

The Toffees have by and large been disappointing this season and could face a relegation battle, however Niasse has been one of the players who has so far exceeded expectations, having bagged six goals from nine appearances.

Whether Everton choose to appeal this decision today or not, this is a bad decision made by an incompetent disciplinary panel that is going to affect the game negatively going forward.

If found guilty by an independent regulatory commission, the 27-year-old will serve a two-match ban and miss Everton's trip to Southampton on Sunday and home game against West Ham three days later.

"He has until 6pm on 21 November 2017 to respond".

"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", the Football Association said in a statement.

Under new diving regulations, the FA issue a charge when their panel unanimously agree there has been simulation after watching footage of the incident.

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