MANCHESTER CITY WINGER BERNARDO SILVA COULD BE THE FIRST VICTIM OF A NEW RULE WHICH RETROACTIVELY ACTS ON SIMULATION.
Silva, starting only his second game in the Premier League, was adjudged to have been fouled in the box by Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope. The incident occurred in the 30th minute of Man City’s clash against the Clarets at Etihad Stadium. However, on replays – it seems as if the Portuguese winger fell too theatrically in response to minimal contact.
Sergio Aguero, on his return from a broken rib injury, buried the subsequent penalty to give the Citizens a 1-0 advantage. With the goal, Aguero matched Eric Brook’s tally of 177 goals to tie his record for Man City’s all time top scorer. Remarkably, Aguero has reached the milestone in only 261 appearances – it took Brook 453. The league leaders went on to win the game 3-0, marking their 8th win in 9 games.
Silva faces investigation by a 3-man FA panel on Monday. They have to unanimously decide that it was a dive – in order for the 23-year-old to receive the ban. This is in response to a rule added this season, which discourages players from simulation, through the threat of retroactive action.
No Premier League player has been retroactively banned for simulation yet. However, Watford’s Richarlison was the first player to be investigated, after Hector Bellerin’s contentious tackle on him won Watford a penalty last week. The Brazilian was cleared by the FA panel and no further action was taken.