Everton fans react as Niasse is charged for diving

Oumar Niasse of Everton tackles Petr Cech of Arsenal and goes on to score his sides second goal during the Premier League match between Everton and Arsenal at Goodison Park on October 22,...

Oumar Niasse won a penalty for Everton during their clash against Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Oumar Niasse of Everton celebrates scoring his side's second goal during the Premier League match between Everton and AFC Bournemouth at Goodison Park on September 23, 2017 in Liverpool,...

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.

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,...

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".

 

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