League Two striker is first to be charged with diving

Carlisle United striker Shaun Miller is the first player to be charged for diving by the Football Association.

Miller, 30, is charged with “successful deception of a match official”, after an alleged “clear act of simulation” in Tuesday’s 3-3 draw with Wycombe.

Miller earned a first-half penalty after Daniel Scarr’s tackle on him. There were prolonged protests by the Chairboys, but the referee gave the penalty, which was converted.

The former Crewe and Coventry man has until 6pm on Thursday, 19 October to appeal, but if he accepts the charge or he is found guilty he will face a two-match suspension.

The charge from the FA reads: “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.”

Carlisle claim they are “currently reviewing the evidence pending a decision on an appeal” after the new law was introduced in May.

The new law states “only incidents that result in a player winning a penalty or lead to an opponent being sent off – through either a straight red card or two yellow cards – will be punished”.

The definition of the offence is the “successful deception of a match official”, which Miller managed in midweek.

Watford striker Richarlison was cleared of a similar charge earlier in the week after he went down under a challenge from Hector Bellerin in Watford’s 2-1 win over Arsenal.