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West Ham star charged with ‘diving’ by FA

LanThe Football Association have charged  Manuel Lanzini with “deceiving a match official” in West Ham’s 3-0 win at Stoke on Saturday. The Argentine midfielder faces a two-match ban if he either does not appeal or if that is rejected.

An FA statement confirmed Lanzini’s charge “follows the awarding of an 18th-minute penalty against Stoke City in their Premier League game with the Hammers on Saturday 16 December. He has until 6pm on Tuesday 19 December to respond.”

Should West Ham choose to appeal Lanzini would be available to play in the EFL Cup quarter-final against Arsenal on Tuesday night but in turn may face the prospect of missing two league games against Newcastle and Bournemouth.

An insider says the club are currently undecided whether to appeal the two-match ban or not.

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9 comments on “West Ham star charged with ‘diving’ by FA

  1. Take a look at De Bruynes and 2 or 3 others over the weekend if this is the road they are going down now.

  2. Agree 64. Also why not adopt a policy whereby potentially career threatening tackles can be reviewed even if a yellow card has been issued. Kane and Alli only received yellows, one of which baffled me as the ref had his back turned and could not possibly have seen what happened. If we are going to clean the game up lets start there. Also diving should be equally punishable for all not just for the so called smaller teams. DeBruyne comes readily to mind.

  3. They won’t go back on it now, just suck it up at least one of the games is a cup game the other is against Newcastle. You have to wonder if weakening us against the big six teams in a cup match might not be what they wanted anyway, lets see if Huddersfield also get charged for Depoitre’s blatant dive, if not we have our answer.

    • Agree tho read Moyes is thinking of Appealing tho overturn is highly unlikely & then I don’t believe we would be able to use cup game.
      And Lanzini had is best game of season bc playing further fwd & attacked more as team.

      The FA is a joke. 2 bans for dives Niaase & now Manu are not seven in top 10 worst dives do this season . Every big team has done it to us Morata Delph which was not contact obvious dive & Mortata. We are were trying to get out bottom 3 & I don’t blame Lanzini at all. We needed some luck he was touched he made it for us.
      Alli KDB & Deportie just this weekend… FA every player every team or just let’s quit this retrospective ****e it hasn’t helped anyone.
      And Team like City who don’t even need too but I’m sure are told to do it the most & never even get mentioned bc of how good they are. But they keep diving & cheating they won’t be the team everyone likes to watch anymore. Lovers of football will start to dislike them all over.

      Will say it again the FA are a Joke

      • You won’t hear any argument from me on that mate, defo a joke they must be getting worried that with video evidence they won’t be able to load the dice towards the big 6 any more, it can’t happen a moment too soon.

  4. Quicker the better. Stops cheating as the officials can see immediately. Retrospective bans don’t help the team who were cheated on the day. Any ban should include the next game against the opponent that the offense was committed on. Red cards rescinded don’t help the team that’s had to play with a man short. Not being able to appeal two yellows but you can a red? Almost all this would be cured by video evidence on the screens. The F A must get its finger out.

  5. All on deaf ears lads !! Its the fa selective committee listening to the manc and the spud then plug and weighty ! KDB was blatant ! Lanzini was tagged , its a foul , he made contact with lano and not the ball, regardless of where the balls going ! If the FA do not hold everyone accountable for diving without contact then its bent ! Selective ! IMO they hold vast power over the sport and maybe a change of policy which gives the teams a say in what’s needed and needs changing , ndidi gets a one match ban for a blatant dive , lanzini gets 2 weeks or games ! The ref saw it and gave a pen , that’s how the ref saw it , 8yards away !then he’s undermined and overruled , does the ref get a ban for getting it wrong ! Its bent 😎

  6. Agree with earlier views. Absolute joke but then we are a soft target. City would be absent a first eleven if it was a level playing field. Now we’ve just got to suck it up, don’t appeal and take the cup game as a freebie so he only misses the .newcastle league game. Gooners playing Friday night so maybe this will level things up a bit as if Lanz was playing we would most likely destroy them and nobody in the corridors of power wants a shyte West Ham in the semis!

  7. The tackle was clearly made to go through the player to get to the ball. Lanzini had recently come back from injury, and instinctively tried to get out of the way of the tackle. If he had not avoided the tackle he would definitely have been hit, and possibly injured. The defender didn’t get the ball – foul anywhere on the pitch, therefore penalty.

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