Divers facing suspension in FA crackdown
The Football Association has announced new powers which will permit it to retrospectively punish players who dive, imposing two-match bans, in a new initiative that will see cheats subjected to trial by video.
The English governing body will have the power to charge players who it believes have cheated to win a penalty or get an opponent sent off, be that for a straight red card, or a second booking.
Only in those circumstances will it be possible to charge a player with the new offence in the FA regulations, "successful deception of a match official". The FA will be able to scrutinise match footage for instances of diving.
Once an incident has been identified it will be put before a three-man panel, comprising a former referee, manager and player, who will decide whether the FA should push ahead with the case.
If the player accepts a charge he will be given an immediate two-match ban.
Any player who contests a charge will have his case heard in front of an FA independent regulatory commission as with all disciplinary cases.