Everton striker Oumar Niasse made history earlier this week, but not for a good reason.
The Senegal international became the first Premier League player to receive a retrospective ban for diving.
Inside the opening five minutes of the Toffees’ 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park, the 27-year-old went to ground in the penalty area under the challenge of Scott Dann.
Replays showed that there was little contact from the Palace defender and now the Football Association have stepped in to lay down the law.
As well as missing today’s Premier League defeat to Southampton, Niasse will be unavailable for selection next Wednesday when the team face West Ham United at Goodison Park.
After being brought back in from the cold earlier this season, Niasse has scored six goals in nine appearances in all competitions.
Former striker Stan Collymore has had his say on the Everton man’s punishment, and he thinks that the former Lokomotiv Moscow player has been treated relatively kindly.
In his column for The Mirror, the football pundit said:
“The decision to make Oumar Niasse the first Premier League player to be punished for diving might have split opinion. But I’m all for it and I’d go as far as to say that the Everton man shouldn’t just have been given a two-match ban for his dive against Crystal Palace, but a three-match sanction instead That would have reinforced the message that diving will not be tolerated – nor should it. Fans hate diving because it spoils matches.”