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English soccer introduces retrospective bans for simulation

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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MARCH 19: Josep Guardiola, Manager of Manchester City (L) speaks to referee Michael Oliver after the Premier League match between Manchester City and Liverpool at Etihad Stadium on March 19, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

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LONDON (AP) English soccer is introducing retrospective bans of at least two matches for players who deceive referees by diving to win a penalty or get an opponent sent off.

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The English Football Association announced on Thursday that a new offense of “successful deception of a match official” will apply from next season.

The FA says this will be enforced “where there is clear and overwhelming evidence to suggest a match official has been deceived by an act of simulation, and as a direct result, the offending player’s team has been awarded a penalty and/or an opposing player has been dismissed.”

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A panel featuring a former match official, ex-manager, and former player will review footage of incidents and have to unanimously agree to charge offenders.