MANUEL LANZINI will be hit with a retrospective FA charge on Monday for diving.
The Argentine forward could become only the second Premier League player found guilty of committing a “successful deception of a match official”.
Reuters West Ham star Manuel Lanzini controversially won a penalty against Stoke on Saturday CameraSport – Getty Potters defender Erik Pieters was judged to have fouled the Argentinian international in the first half
The 24-year-old faces the wrath of the independent regulatory commission — and a ban could mean he misses the Hammers’ Carabao Cup quarter-final at Arsenal tomorrow plus Saturday’s league clash against Newcastle.
The FA will judge whether Lanzini conned referee Graham Scott into awarding him a penalty against Stoke on Saturday.
TV replays showed the playmaker was already on his day down and Potters defender Erik Pieters pulled away from the tackle. Mark Noble scored from the spot kick to set up the 3-0 win.
West Ham boss David Moyes amazingly claimed that Lanzini hit the deck because he was “tired” having just run the length of the pitch.
Getty – Contributor The 24-year-old is set to to be handed a retrospective ban from the FA for simulation Reuters Hammers playmaker Manuel Lanzini starred in the 3-0 win against Stoke at the bet365 Stadium
But Stoke manager Mark Hughes called out the player for diving.
Hughes claimed: “He has clearly dived and it’s disappointing the referee hasn’t seen it.
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“You need to get match-defining decisions correct — and he certainly didn’t get that one right.
“It was perfect for West Ham. But whether Lanzini is banned or not doesn’t help us one bit. The situation has gone.”