West Ham midfielder Manuel Lanzini became only the second player in Premier League history to receive retrospective punishment for simulation earlier this week.
The Argentine is adjudged to have gone down without contact to earn a penalty during the Hammers 3-0 win over Stoke City at the weekend, and has subsequently been given a two game ban for his efforts.
His punishment comes only a week after Everton star Oumar Niasse made history by being the first ever player to be punished in such a manner by the FA for diving.
While most would agree Lanzini’s punishment is just, the West Ham fans (and perhaps David Moyes) have been left frustrated after a number of players have since gone unpunished for similar incidents.
Leicester City’s Demarai Gray was fortunate to earn himself a penalty against Manchester City earlier in the week during the pair’s Carabao Cup clash.
City’s Kyle Walker was also booked for a similar incident earlier in the game.
West Ham fans have called for the FA to punish Gray after Lanzini’s ban …
— West Ham Fan Zone (@WHUFCFZ) December 19, 2017
Totally agree with you another disgraceful decision
— Paul Harris (@PaulskipHarris) December 19, 2017
If gray is not banned then the game should lift the ban of lanzini from Newcastle game and give us a place ok carabao cup semi finals
— Mafz (@WhufcLdn) December 19, 2017
Let’s see some consistency now
— Marcus Rowswell⚒ (@MarcusRowswell) December 19, 2017
Apparently you need all three of the panel to agree it was Deception, and on this occasion 'only' two thought it was simulation.
You couldn't make it up…
— Robert Dodd (@flygumbo) December 21, 2017
If Lanzini is getting banned, why shouldn’t he?
— George Hoult
100%! If they don’t ban this cheat, I will be fuming!
— Chris (@Chrisbluemoon16) December 19, 2017
Is he related to Ashley Young?
— KentonCity (@city_kenton) December 20, 2017