By Aramide Oladipo
Former Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg believes that Everton striker Oumar Niasse should be “suspended” for deceiving for the officials on the weekend against Crystal Palace.
Matchday official Anthony Taylor awarded a penalty to the Toffees when Palace defender Scott Dann was adjusted to have fouled the 27-year-old at the Selhurst Park.
Everton mainstay Leighton Baines slotted home the spot-kick to equalise after James McArthur put the hosts in the lead in the opening minute of the match.
Wilfred Zaha scored a second for the Eagles before Niasse pounced a mistake from the defenders to level the scoreline at 2-2 and earned his side an important point.
Writing in his column for the Times, Clattenburg heaped huge criticism on Niasse for his part in the penalty and he is convinced that he should receive retrospective action.
“I’ve watched it from three angles and this is clear simulation — and should be the first case for the FA panel to look at today,” he wrote.
“It should be the first case where a player is suspended for deceiving the referee into awarding a penalty.
“The only action you are then trying to find as a referee is a clear shirt-pull as, if you touch the player in the chest, he would not fall back like that.
“If the system is fair and correct, this is a prime example which should result in a suspension.”
Before the start of the current campaign, the FA announced that they planned to clamp down on diving incidents in the Premier League with retrospective bans.
Niasse will be a huge loss to the Merseyside club if he receives a ban for the penalty on the weekend following his flying start to the season.
The Senegal international is the club’s top goalscorer this season with six strikes to his name in all competitions.