Everton Oumar Niasse was suspended for two games after being found guilty under new rules to stamp out play-acting. The FA panel concluded that the player committed a “successful deception of a match official” which gave them a win to a penalty and resulted in a 2-2 draw at Crystal Palace on Saturday.
Everton were also fined €30,000 after the brawl involving players and fans during last month’s Europa League defeat to Lyon. The incident led to a lifetime ban for one supporter who punched players while holding his son.
Niasse became the first Premier League player to be banned for diving but he denied diving and said that he felt the contact.
“The contact was on my upper body and when I felt the contact I was in the box so that is it, that is all I have to do, go on the floor,” he added. “I think it was because I was running so quick.”