Clattenburg: Niasse's Everton dive deserves retrospective action

Referee Mark Clattenburg looks on during the Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Leicester City at The Hawthorns on April 29, 2017 in West Bromwich, England.

Everton scraped a point away from home against Crystal Palace on Saturday afternoon.

Mark Clattenburg looks on during the Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Leicester City at The Hawthorns on April 29, 2017 in West Bromwich, England.

Former Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg has told The Times that Everton striker Oumar Niasse should be the first Premier League player to be punished retrospectively for diving following the Toffees' 2-2 draw against Crystal Palace.

The 27-year-old striker earned a penalty for his side at Selhurst Park in the sixth minute, after going down under a challenge from Eagles captain Scott Dann.

Replays suggested that Senegal international Niasse had run into experienced defender Dann in order to gain the contact, but referee Anthony Taylor adjudged the Palace skipper to have blocked off Everton's number 19.

Oumar Niasse of Everton celebrates scoring his side's second goal to make it 2-2 during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Everton at Selhurst Park on November 18, 2017 in...

Leighton Baines dispatched the penalty to draw the scores level, but Clattenburg believes the Toffees forward's actions will be the first incident reviewed by the FA Panel on Monday. He also called for Niasse to be punished - in what would be the first case of a player to be suspended for simulation.

"I’ve watched it from three angles and this is clear simulation," Clattenburg said. "Should be the first case for the FA panel to look at today. It should be the first case where a player is suspended for deceiving the referee into awarding a penalty.

"There’s no touch on the leg and Oumar Niasse’s action — he has thrown himself backwards — is not consistent with contact from the defender.

"The only action you are then trying to find as a referee is a clear shirt-pull as, if you touch the player in the chest, he would not fall back like that. If the system is fair and correct, this is a prime example which should result in a suspension."

Oumar Niasse of Everton scores his side's second goal to make it 2-2 during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Everton at Selhurst Park on November 18, 2017 in London,...

Palace had taken the lead through Scotland international James McArthur, who capitalised on a parried Ruben Loftus-Cheek effort to tap home from close range before left-back Baines equalised.

Hodgson's side regained the lead through Wilfried Zaha after neat Palace link-up play, but a defensive horror show from the Eagles back line saw Niasse inflict more pain on Palace fans by finishing neatly under Julian Speroni.

Everton are next in action on Thursday night at home to Serie A outfit Atalanta in the Europa League, but caretaker boss David Unsworth could look to rotate his squad as they have already been knocked out of the competition.

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