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By Chineze Ogugua

Everton striker Niasse has become the first Premier League player to fall victim of the new law that kicked in at the start of this season as he was hit with a two-match suspension for simulation.

Everton striker Niasse

Niasse was charged by the FA on Tuesday after winning a controversial penalty in Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Crystal Palace. The penalty was awarded by referee Anthony Taylor when Niasse went down in the Palace box and it was deemed that he had been fouled by defender Scott Dann.

In a statement released by the FA on Wednesday, it read:

“Everton’s Oumar Niasse will serve a two-match suspension with immediate effect after his denial of an FA charge of successful deception of a match official was rejected.

“It was alleged he committed an act of simulation which led to a penalty being awarded in the fifth minute of the game against Crystal Palace.

“He denied the charge. However, it was found proven following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing.”

Niasse will now miss Premier League games at Southampton on Sunday and at home to West Ham three days later.

Everton have till Friday to appeal the decision.

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