By Oladipupo Mojeed
The English football body has approved retrospective ban for players who dive from next season under new Football Association regulations.
The new rules were passed by the governing body at its annual general meeting on Thursday.
Under the new rules, a panel will review footage from the weekend each Monday looking for cases of simulation.
Any player unanimously found guilty of diving would be given a suspension. The FA also announced it has passed reforms it proposed in March, following criticism over the way it is run.
The FA defines the new offence for which players will be punished as “successful deception of a match official”.
According to the rule, it applies only to 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.
The FA also said it will act “where there is clear and overwhelming evidence to suggest a match official has been deceived by an act of simulation, and as a direct result, the offending player’s team has been awarded a penalty and/or an opposing player has been dismissed”.
Its panel will consist of one former match official, one ex-manager, and one ex-player.
The announcement follows what the FA said was “a period of consultation with stakeholders over the past few months”.
The rule change also required approval from the Premier League, the EFL and the Professional Footballers’ Association.