Oumar Niasse has been charged by The Football Association as the first Premier League player to be banned retrospectively for diving - and Everton fans have reacted angrily to the decision.
The 27-year-old earned the Toffees a penalty on Saturday afternoon during the 2-2 draw against Crystal Palace, going down theatrically when challenged by Eagles captain Scott Dann.
Referee Anthony Taylor immediately pointed to the penalty spot, which saw Leighton Baines score his second penalty in two matches by sending goalkeeper Julian Speroni the wrong way.
Crystal Palace had taken the lead in the first minute of the match before Baines equalised just five minutes later. Wilfried Zaha restored Palace's lead, but a defensive mix-up at the back allowed Senegal international Niasse to score.
The FA confirmed on their official website that former Lokomotiv Moscow striker Niasse had been charged for the dive, which he has until 6pm on Tuesday to respond.
Everton fans contested the decision on Twitter after hearing of the news that their in-form striker had been charged, with one fan describing The FA as a "can of worms".
Niasse charged with ‘Successful Deception of a Match Official’— Paul Hirshman (@hirshefc) November 21, 2017
Sounds like a movie title....anyways can of worms FA
Opening a can of worms here with the niasse charge @fa hope you check every decision in every game for every team, gonna be charging people every weekend, joke— Howie (@Howieefc) November 21, 2017
can we just remember that Niasse didn't even appeal for the penalty? there was minimal contact yes but surely more blame should be put on the poor standard of refereeing— Vic (@victoriacarlin_) November 21, 2017
A dive is where there is no contact, yet Niasse has been punished when there was clear contact, yes he overreacted in his fall but there was still contact, shock it’s everton that have to made example of yet again.— Sam (@SamEaton_EFC) November 21, 2017
Think most people complaining that Niasse dived are looking for contact with the legs. The contact is actually with the shoulder and Dann knocks him off balance. Not massive contact but I've seen players get away with a lot more dubious ones— Paul J (@pabs_76) November 21, 2017
Players diving every week, but Niasse gets done. Diving isn't part of the game and should be stopped but it is typical Everton isn't it.— Ben (@ToffeeBen96) November 21, 2017