Everton to contest Oumar Niasse's deception charge

Everton to contest Oumar Niasse's deception charge
Oumar Niasse

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Nov 22, 2017. 17:30

Following Senegal and Everton striker Oumar Niasse's charge by the English Football Association for 'successful deception of a match official', the club wants to contest the decision.

According to the Premier League head of referees, Keith Hackett, he told BBC Radio 5 live that the striker did in fact deceive the referee during a EPL match.

The Senegal international eventually won a controversial penalty, after minimal contact from Scott Dann, during Saturday's 2-2 draw at Crystal Palace.

"I think on this one, he deceived referee Anthony Taylor 100%. Anthony, in a good position, gave the penalty kick from his viewing angle,” said Hackett.

"But the cameras behind the goal were clear that it was a dive. I applaud the FA for bringing out the fact that they can review these incidents, and then subsequently if the player is found guilty, punish.

"Why not take this valuable step of introducing the VAR (video assistant referee), so that the team that were playing Everton are not punished by a goal that has been scored by what, in effect, is cheating by the player - allegedly."

Meanwhile, a statement released by the FA said incidents which suggest a match official has been deceived by an act of simulation are referred to a panel consisting of one ex-match official, one ex-manager and one ex-player.

"Each panel member will be asked to review all available video footage independently of one another to determine whether they consider it was an offence of 'successful deception of a match official',” reads the statement.

"Only in circumstances where the panel are unanimous would the FA issue a charge."

Despite news laws having been introduced in May allowing players to be charged after a game for simulation, the BBC reports that the Toffees will contest the charge.

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