Friday 23 August 2019

Everton suffer double blow

Oumar Niasse has been charged with simulation by the Football Association in the Premier League clash with Crystal Palace
Oumar Niasse has been charged with simulation by the Football Association in the Premier League clash with Crystal Palace

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Everton were dealt a double disciplinary blow yesterday when Oumar Niasse became the first Premier League player to be banned for diving and the club were fined €30,000 for a brawl involving players and fans - including a father holding his young son.

Niasse was suspended for two games under new rules to stamp out play-acting after being found guilty by an FA panel of committing a "successful deception of a match official" to win a penalty in the 2-2 draw at Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Everton were also fined €30,000 by Uefa for the behaviour of their fans during last month's Europa League defeat by Lyon, when fans aimed punches at players, leading to a lifetime ban for one supporter, who did so while clutching his son.

Niasse denied diving, saying: "The contact was on my upper body and when I felt the contact I was in the box so that is it, that is all I have to do, go on the floor," he added. "I think it was because I was running so quick."

Meanwhile, Everton have given up hope of persuading Watford to part with manager Marco Silva.

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