Confirmed: FA Vote To Introduce Retrospective Bans For Players Found Guilty Of Diving

Chris Wright

18th, May 2017



After presumably realising that we’re now at epidemic levels, the FA are set to vote on whether to introduce retrospective bans for players caught diving as of next season.

According to BBC Sport, the FA board are expected to meet today and vote on bringing in the rule change ahead of the 2017/18 campaign.

The Football Association will vote on retrospective action at its annual general meeting on Thursday and is expected to approve the proposal.

Under the proposal being discussed, players will face retrospective suspensions if found guilty of having “deceived the referee and gained an unfair advantage” by an expert panel.

[The] panel would review footage from the weekend each Monday looking for cases of simulation.

Any player unanimously found guilty of diving would be given a suspension.

The FA are apparently cribbing from their Scottish counterparts (the SFA), who introduced a similar system in 2011.

Basically, the SFA have a ‘compliance officer’ who reviews potentially unsporting incidents post-match and determines whether or not a disciplinary notice should be handed to the player(s) in question.

The player then has the choice of either accepting or appealing the notice, with appropriate punishments metered out thereafter.

Ostensibly speaking, severe zero-tolerence punishment could have a dramatic impact on clearing up domestic football, depending how resolutely any law changes are adhered to and administered.

Despite the general ambivalence toward it, diving (and simulation, and engineering contact, and feigning injury, and time-wasting, etc, etc) isn’t clever gamesmanship, nor is it just ‘part of the modern game’ – and never should it blithely be considered as such.

UPDATE: The motion carried. The FA have now confirmed that, as of next season, players found to have “successfully deceived a match official” will be given a two-match ban for their crime.

The FA have issued a statement via their official website to confirm as much:

Where there is clear and overwhelming evidence to suggest a match official has been deceived by an act of simulation, and as a direct result, the offending player’s team has been awarded a penalty and/or an opposing player has been dismissed, The FA will be able to act retrospectively under its Fast Track system.

Let’s see how this pans out, shall we?

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Absolute fucking shite. This self-serving bunch of gimps can’t even call a spade a spade – it’s not “simulation” it’s FUCKING DIVING. No one is through on goal and thinks “I know, I’ll ‘simulate’ what a dive would look like just in case anyone is wondering at this exact moment”. They don’t even have the spine to call these pampered bitches out so why is this going to be any different.

    Here’s what stops diving: if a player dives and it is unanimously agreed upon by a 3 or 4 man independant panel it’s a 6 game ban for the player, maximum fine (which is 2 weeks set by PFA) and 3 point deduction for the club in league games or replayed/forfeit cup tie. That is for blatant dives, not ones like Rashford v Swansea or Kane v Arsenal where there was minimal contact because the player played for contact, so it is debateable. I mean crystal clear no contact like Lucas v Watford or Sanchez having a sore lip. That is the ONLY way you are going to discourage diving. Come on, why WOULDN’T you dive when the worse case scenario is a yellow card but said dive could mean a league title, securing Champ Leg football or staying in the richest league in the world.

    Until there is REAL punishment it will carry on, just like rolling round like little bitches who’ve been hit by a tank every time they get brushed. And no, a week or two in the dubai sun whilst suspended is not a “punishment”. But of course, that would never happen as the product is too valuable and nothing must upset the ball-kicking gods.

  2. Archer says:

    And not before time… I was starting to fall out of love with the beautiful game, what with all the incessant cheating that we witness on a regular basis.

  3. Pete says:

    It’s an issue that runs deep with many places celebrating this kind of behavior. Many players simply view it as gamesmanship and feel justified in diving. You need only to look at Pepe or Busquets. If it’s happening and accepted at the biggest clubs in the world it will be a long time before we see any real change.

  4. rob says:

    finally! The refs have been pretty bad letting dives go without bookings this season

  5. maria says:

    Whilst diving is indeed annoying, what bothers me more is players feigning injury or pretending a tackle or foul was worse than it was to get another player booked or sent off. Writhing on the ground like you’ve had your gonads ripped out and then jumping up to take the free kick is pathetic.

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