West Ham United fans have taken to social media to react to the news that attacking midfielder Manuel Lanzini has been charged with diving against Stoke.

The 24-year-old went down in the box after a challenge from Stoke defender Erik Pieters and referee Graham Scott awarded a controversial penalty.

The Hammers went on to win 3-0 in the Premier League clash at the bet365 Stadium and Stoke boss Mark Hughes accused the player of diving in his post-match interview.

Lanzini has until 6pm on Tuesday to respond to the charge.

If the charge is upheld, the playmaker will receive a two-match ban for ‘successful deception of a match official’, ruling him out of Tuesday’s EFL Cup quarter-final against Arsenal and the Premier League home game against Newcastle on Saturday.

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West Ham fans were split over the decision with some feeling that Lanzini deserved to be banned and other frustrated with an apparent lack of consistency from the FA.

The FA introduced new laws to punish players for diving in May, but so far Everton forward Oumar Niasse is the only Premier League player to be banned.

Lanzini has been a key player for West Ham this season and will be a big miss for manager David Moyes if he is banned.

In other West Ham United news, former Premier League referee Graham Poll has given his verdict on the incident.

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