According to The Telegraph, West Bromwich Albion striker Dwight Gayle has been charged by the FA for diving after he won a penalty in the 2-2 draw with Nottingham Forest at The Hawthorns on Tuesday night, and Reds fans have been quick to react on Twitter.
Martin O’Neill’s men looked to be on course to pick up a vital three points in their bid to secure a top-six finish in the Championship this season as they led 2-1 entering the closing stages, until Gayle went down in the area just a couple of minutes from time.
Referee Lee Mason awarded the spot-kick, but now the FA has charged the 28-year-old attacker with “successful deception of a match official” after an independent panel reviewed the incident and came to a unanimous decision, and he could be dealt a two-match ban.
Forest supporters took to social media to give their thoughts on the situation, and while one simply said “good”, another believes “the FA are setting a dangerous precedent”.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
Can’t they give us the points instead? That would be a more fitting punishment
— James (@jship90) February 13, 2019
We can kick and scream all we want about the way Dwight Gayle diving last night fact is it doesn’t get us 3 points even if they ban him we must move on to try and salvage something remaining from our season! #nffc
— Domenico Brunetti (@domthered) February 13, 2019
Surely if found guilty they have to be stripped of the resulting penalty?
— Username_is_already_taken__ (@Klg1711) February 13, 2019
If officials hadn’t missed the cheating at Leeds and the cheating at West Brom, we’d be on the same points as derby.. the team everyone seems to be raving about #NFFC
— DB (@Dave1865) February 13, 2019
@AdamDriff which is great and all but ain’t gonna get our points back
— Andy Lane (@AndyDriff) February 13, 2019
A bit of justice
— Scott Markham (@markham_scott) February 13, 2019
Let’s hope he gets a decent ban , pity the football league don’t have the power to wipe out the penalty that would hurt his club more than him and then clubs might tell their players to pack in the diving
— andy matthewman (@mattynffc) February 13, 2019
Good. But sadly won’t bring us the extra two points
— Craig McLoughlin (@craigmcloughlin) February 13, 2019
Absolutely zero benefit to #nffc ?
— James Forest (@Forest3James) February 13, 2019
Too late. The damage is done ?
— Lisa Goddard (@mrsgod) February 13, 2019
Surely the FA are setting a dangerous precedent by banning Dwight Gayle after the game? #NFFC
— Tom 🌟🌟 (@KapinoGrigio) February 13, 2019