Diving cheats face trial by video in new FA crackdown
Players found guilty of the new offence of 'successful deception of a match official' will face retrospective two-match suspensions from the start of this season as part of a new English FA crackdown on diving.
The sanctions will come into place from Friday, when Sunderland play Derby County at the Stadium of Light in the first game of the new league season.
Under the new regulation, the FA will have the power to review video evidence that suggests a player dived to win a penalty or get an opponent sent off.
Such incidents will be analysed by a three-person panel consisting of an ex-player, an ex-manager and an ex-referee.
Players who are sent off as a consequence of a referee being deceived by diving will see those red cards rescinded, but yellow cards will not be overturned.
In another effort to clean up the game, the English FA will oversee more than 5,000 drug tests this season, representing an increase of 2,000 from last term and a 100pc increase from 2015-16.
Clubs who fall foul of the 'three-strike' rule for players missing tests are likely to have their fines increased. The fines currently average £35,000 (€39,000).
Meanwhile, Liverpool fans have overwhelmingly backed the introduction of rail seating in Premier League grounds in what has been viewed as a key vote on the idea of safe standing.
In a week-long poll run by the club's biggest independent supporters' group, Spirit of Shankly (SoS), 88pc of the nearly 18,000 fans who took part voted in favour of rail seating.
Rail-seat sections have safety barriers on every row to prevent surges and the seats can be flipped up and locked in place when not required. Unlike traditional terraces, fans are assigned a 'seat' which helps with crowd control.
Grounds in England's top two divisions have been all-seated ever since the inquiry into the Hillsborough disaster in 1989, which left 96 Liverpool fans dead.