Everton suffer double blow
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.