English soccer introduces retrospective bans for simulation


New Football Association rules mean that footballers in England can be punished for "diving" during a match, even after the game has finished.

Under the proposals that will be discussed, players who successfully deceive the referee and gain an unfair advantage will face retrospective action. Any player unanimously found guilty of diving would be given a suspension.

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If a charge of "Successful Deception of a Match Official" is proven, then the Independent Regulatory Commission will have the ability to rescind the caution or dismissal received by the opposing player.

However, Allardyce believes the new system will not work and once again banged the table for the use of video technology in football.

It is understood that the English Football League, League Managers Association, Premier League and Professional Footballers' Association also support the plan.

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And with both England and Scotland having permanent seats on the International Football Association Board, which has global responsibility for the sport's rules, bans for divers could become part of the worldwide game.

That includes simulation leading to either yellow card if a player is sent off after receiving two of them in the same game.

The FA will only be able to impose the ban if the panel's decision is unanimous.

Three players have been punished this season, including Hearts winger Jamie Walker following an incident on the opening day against Celtic, and Falkirk's Myles Hippolyte, whose acrobatic fall against Dunfermline prompted the Fife club to highlight the video footage on social media. Walker is among the players to have had yellow cards for simulation overturned following an appeal.

The FA has also chose to reform their board.

The main proposals are for the board to be reduced from 12 members to 10, with three of those positions reserved for women by 2018 - Dame Heather Rabbatts is the only woman on the current board.