Huge West Ham blow
West Ham’s impressive 3-0 win over Stoke on Saturday may have come at a cost.
There were rumours that Manuel Lanzini could face a ban for diving to win West Ham a penalty to open the scoring via Mark Noble at Stoke.
It now looks like Lanzini’s ban will come to fruition.
FA panel to decide on Lanzini
On Monday, the Premier League announced the Lanzini diving incident has been referred to a Football Association Independent Regulatory Commission.
The Football Association panel features a former match official, an ex-manager and an ex-player.
All three panelists need to agree that Lanzini dived for the West Ham attacker to receive a ban.
Lanzini: 3 assists & a two-match ban vs Stoke?
There is already precedent for this new rule in the Premier League. Oumar Niasse missed two Everton games for a dive against Crystal Palace.
If Lanzini is found guilty of diving by the panel, the Argentine playmaker will miss West Ham matches against Arsenal (Carabao Cup) and Newcastle (Premier League).
Lanzini was excellent at Stoke, bagging three assists in a Premier League match.
As can be seen below, West Ham fans have all pretty much reacted in unison regarding the Lanzini charge: Surely the FA have to act on horrific challenges from Spurs pair Dele Alli and Harry Kane during their Manchester City defeat.
West Ham fans react to Lanzini dive charge
@FA when will the decison be made on kevin de bruyne dive to succesfully win a penalty agaist tottenham? You cannot ban lanzini and not even look at what he did???
— funkycoolers (@funkycoolers) December 18, 2017
— Adam toy (@adamtoy1987) December 18, 2017
If Lanzini gets banned, that is yet another hideous decision from the FA.
Imagine. My. Shock.
— West Ham Fan Zone (@WHUFCFZ) December 18, 2017
Zaha has dived multiple times this season to give his team some sort of advantage. Unfair to punish Lanzini for one offence, yet not punish multiple offenders
— WHUFC (@IRONSSSS) December 18, 2017
Ban Lanzini for two games for diving but surely De Bruyne's dive, Jesus's dive and potential career ending tackles by Alli and Kane are OKAY. And that Otamendi's high foot as well. Nice work @FA
— Rohit Yadav (@Rohityadav2701) December 18, 2017
— Niki (@nikiheigho) December 18, 2017
Very disappointed with @FA . Charging Lanzini for “deceiving an official” is a joke . What about leg breaking tackles like Kane & Alli , no ban for them as “the ref saw the incident” show the ref the incident again & see if he thinks cards shud be increased to Red n banned
— Darren Skingle (@DRS_Engineering) December 18, 2017
Lanzini will only miss the games vs Arsenal (Cup) & Newcastle so the dive was worth it cos the 1st goal was crucial vs Stoke
— MR ⚒ (@WHU_MR2013) December 18, 2017
So Lanzini gets a 2 game ban for a dive and Dele Alli gets a yellow card for trying to break De Bruynes leg ? Games gone mad
— Arran (@ArranAFCSTL) December 18, 2017
so lanzini got 2 game ban but what about all the others who dive like zaha sterling delph young lingard to name a few
— barrie senior (@barritelli) December 18, 2017