By Chineze Ogugua
West Ham wing-forward, Manuel Lanzini has been charged by the English FA for diving during Saturday’s Premier League 3-0 win at Stoke but the decision did not go down well with gaffer David Moyes.
West Ham was awarded a penalty after the Argentine fell too easily to the ground as he was challenged by defender Erik Pieters
David Moyes expressed his disapproval over the charge stating that the panel would be going against the referee’s decision if Lanzini is punished.
“The referee was 10 yards from the ball with nothing blocking his vision. It is clear to see the defender makes an attempt to go for the ball and doesn’t get it.
“From my point of view, they are going against the referee, whoever the panel were.”
The incident was referred to an independent three-person FA panel who deemed he had deceived the referee.
If the charge is upheld, he is set to get a two-match ban that would rule him out of Tuesday’s League Cup quarter-final against Arsenal and Premier League game at home against Newcastle on Saturday.
It will be recalled that Everton’s Niasse was given a two-match suspension for diving in their 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace.
Lanzini has until 6:00 PM today to respond to the charge.
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