WEST BROM striker Dwight Gayle will be banned for two matches after being accused of conning ref Lee Mason to earn his side’s penalty equaliser aga
WEST BROM striker Dwight Gayle will be banned for two matches after being accused of conning ref Lee Mason to earn his side’s penalty equaliser against Nottingham Forest.
The on-loan Newcastle forward, 28, won a spot kick for a blatant swallow dive in the Forest box.
Jay Rodriguez converted in the last minute to earn the Baggies a draw that left the visitors furious.
Gayle has now been charged with successful deception of the referee, which brings an automatic two-match suspension if the clear offence is admitted.
While the ace can deny the charge, a hearing will still be heard this week and he is set to miss Saturday’s derby at Aston Villa and Tuesday’s trip to QPR.
Forest boss Martin O’Neill refused to blame ref Lee Meson.
He said: “I spoke to the referee. He said it if it was a mistake, it was an honest one, and I accept that.
“It certainly looked like a dive. I’ve seen it back twice from a rather long lens angle, and not on TV, but everyone I have spoken to says it was a dive.
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“In this day and age, it’s very difficult for a referee – harder than it’s ever been.
“It would have been great to have won the game, away from home against a side looking for automatic promotion.”