FA to hand out retrospective punishments for simulation

Posted May 19, 2017

Players who dive in English football will face bans from next season under new Football Association regulations.

Those deemed as having been successful in their deception of a match official shall now feel the shame of a retroactive two-match ban, decreed by a saintly panel of footballing watchdogs that will fight the dark arts like our beloved comic book vigilantes.

Its panel will consist of one former match official, one ex-manager and one ex-player.

If three-quarters of the 1,100 FA shareholders approve, then three-man panels will scrutinize footage from the weekend every Monday and any sportsman unanimously caught cheating might be exposed to a ban.

While the National Hockey League has been operating under a graduated fine system for two seasons now, requiring offenders to fork over increasing sums of cash with each subsequent embellishment warning from the league, this one suspends the players outright.

Only incidents that result in a player winning a penalty or lead to an opponent being sent off - through either a direct red card or two yellow cards - will be punished.

The retrospective approach works both ways though and some players have had yellow cards for simulation overturned following an appeal.

The FA has also agreed to implement the most radical reforms to how it is run in decades.

This will enable the FA to continue to receive public funding for grassroots projects and bidding for events, as well as answering critics who doubted its ability to modernise itself. It's very messy, but the FA wants simulation out of the game, and they're taking real measures to combat it now.

In an FA statement, Clarke said: "This is a significant moment and a very positive step".

Football's authorities had been working on the proposal since January and felt the time was right to act in light of FIFA's new stance on using video refereeing in specific circumstances.

We're committed to cleaning up the game.

Introduce term limits for FA Council membership.

Members of the board will only serve for three-year periods.