Everton’s striker Oumar Niasse will serve a two-match ban after his appeal against a diving charge was rejected by the Football Association.
Oumar Niasse becomes the first Premier League player to be hit with a retrospective suspension for simulation under the new law that kicked in at the start of this season.
He was charged by the FA on Tuesday after winning a controversial penalty in Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Crystal Palace.
A statement from the governing body on Wednesday said: “Everton’s Oumar Niasse will serve a two-match suspension with immediate effect after his denial of an FA charge of successful deception of a match official was rejected.
“It was alleged he committed an act of simulation which led to a penalty being awarded in the fifth minute of the game against Crystal Palace.
“He denied the charge. However, it was found proven following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing.”
The ban means Niasse, Everton’s top scorer, will miss Premier League games at Southampton on Sunday and at home to West Ham three days later.