Oumar Niasse went on to score the equaliser in the 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace
Everton striker Oumar Niasse has become the first Premier League player to be charged by the Football Association for “successful deception of a match official”.
The Senegal international won a controversial penalty, after minimal contact from Scott Dann, in Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace, with Leighton Baines scoring the penalty.
Niasse went on to score the equaliser at Selhurst Park.
He has until 18:00 GMT to respond.
Bristol City defender Bailey Wright was suspended for two games earlier this month after being found guilty of simulation. He went down in an off-the-ball incident with Fulham’s Aboubakar Kamara, whose red card for the clash was later rescinded.
An FA statement read: “Incidents which suggest a match official has been deceived by an act of simulation are referred to a panel consisting of one ex-match official, one ex-manager and one ex-player.
“Each panel member will be asked to review all available video footage independently of one another to determine whether they consider it was an offence of ‘Successful Deception of a Match Official’.
“Only in circumstances where the panel are unanimous would the FA issue a charge.”
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Former Everton defender Phil Neville said: “It was a dive. It was 100% a dive. There’s a bit of contact but he goes down trying to win the penalty. It’s a soft penalty.”
Former England captain Alan Shearer agreed: “I think it is a clear dive and he should be punished.”