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Gaffer requests Football Association simulation action

Manager Steve Evans has called for a review on simulation policy.

6 February 2021

An update from the manager.

Gills manager Steve Evans has called for the Football Association to review its simulation policy. 
"Last night I had the opportunity to speak to the Head of the Referees’ at the EFL following the decision to award a penalty in our Sky Bet League 1 fixture against Lincoln City.
“After reviewing the incident after the game we felt disappointed as, in our view, the referee in charge had been conned into awarding a spot kick in the second half.
"The Head of Referees confirmed this morning that he had discussed the decision with three senior colleagues and they were unanimous in their conclusions that it was simulation and the penalty should not have been awarded.
"In Scottish Football, there is a retrospective simulation rule, in the last week, that was delivered against, and a player at Glasgow Celtic was charged and is likely to face a two match ban.
"I would like to thank the EFL, and the officiating authorities for their time, the conversations that have taken place over the last 12 hours, for their insight and for their commitment in dealing with simulation to protect the integrity of the game, and for looking to enhance their match officials performances, which is something we should all be striving for.

“It cannot be allowed to continue and go unpunished."

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