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Man City star avoids FA punishment for Burnley theatrics

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Date published: Monday 23rd October 2017 6:58

Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva will not be retrospectively punished for diving after winning a penalty against Burnley, the Football Association has announced.

The 23-year-old Portuguese forward angered Clarets players when he went down under a challenge from goalkeeper Nick Pope to win City a first-half spot-kick on Saturday.

However, in a tweet published on Monday, an FA spokesperson said: “Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva faces no further action for alleged simulation against Burnley FC on 21/10/17 after an FA panel review.”

The FA has introduced a new offence this season for “successful deception of a match official” and last week Carlisle’s Shaun Miller became the first player in English football to be punished under these terms.

In these instances a three-man panel of a former official, manager and player, review video evidence to determine if the player was guilty of simulation, with the punishment a two-match ban if they all agree.

Silva has avoided becoming the first in the top flight to earn such a suspension for an incident which his manager Pep Guardiola and Burnley boss Sean Dyche disagreed on.

 

READ MORE: Ref Review ~ Our take on Silva’s dive + much more

 

“It’s a penalty, I saw it,” Guardiola said after the game. “He touched – the goalkeeper – the right foot of Bernardo.”

While Dyche agreed there was contact, he thought Silva made the…



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