West Ham’s Lanzini charged for deceiving official

Manuel Lanzini

West Ham midfielder Manuel Lanzini has become only the second Premier League player this season to be charged for deceiving a match official.

The FA concluded following a review by a three-person panel that Lanzini had deceived officials when he won a penalty for West Ham in their 3-0 win at Stoke on Saturday.

The Argentine won a penalty in the 18th minute at the bet365 Stadium after going to ground following a challenge from Stoke defender Erik Pieters.

The FA’s three person panel all unanimously agreed that Lanzini had taken a dive.

West Ham and Lanzini have until 6pm on Tuesday to decide whether to accept a two-match ban or to contest the charge.

If Lanzini contests the charge, the matter will be resolved by the Independent Regulatory Commission.

Earlier this season, Everton forward Oumar Niasse was banned for two matches after successfully deceiving match officials to win a penalty in his side’s 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace in November.

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