Carlisle United’s Shaun Miller 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 his behaviour in the 35th minute of the game against Wycombe Wanderers on 17 October 2017, in committing a clear act of simulation which led to a penalty being awarded, amounted to improper conduct.
He denied the charge, however, it was found proven following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing today [Friday 20 October 2017].
Incidents which suggest a match official has been deceived by an act of simulation are referred to a panel consisting of one ex-match official, one ex-manager and one ex-player.
Each panel member will be asked to review all available video footage independently of one another to determine whether they consider it was an offence of ‘Successful Deception of a Match Official’.
Only in circumstances where the panel are unanimous would The FA issue a charge.
Chief Executive Nigel Clibbens said: "We are very disappointed with this outcome. In our view, there was no intent to decieve the referee and it is not a clear act either.
"Shaun and no other Carlisle United players appealed for a penalty. They all played on and were not expecting or seeking any decision.
"You can see from the footage that they were all suprised when a penalty was given."