Everton have seen their appeal to overturn Oumar Niasse’s suspension for simulation rejected and the striker will now be suspended for the games against West Ham and Southampton.
The FA confirmed the appeal have been rejected with a short statement after an Independent Regulatory Commission reviewed the decision.
The 27-year-old is now officially the first Premier League player to be punished due to the new FA laws, that were established in May, which allowed diving to be retrospectively punished.
The striker was charged with “successful deception of a Match Official” in the Toffee’s last game against Crystal Palace by a panel consisting of a former player, former match official and a former manager.
The alleged dive, which Niasse denied, won Everton a penalty in the sixth minute of the game against Crystal Palace. Leighton Baines successfully converted the penalty to put his side on level terms.
The game eventually finished as a 2-2 draw, as the Toffees fell behind for a second time following the scoring of the penalty, but Niasse was able to score an equaliser following a Julian Speroni error.
Niasse can still feature in Thursday’s night Europa League match against Atalanta, but the next league game he can play in will be the December clash with Huddersfield Town.
In other Everton team news, the Toffees have been handed a major injury boost ahead of their clash with Atalanta.