Goncalves cited over 'dive'

St Mirren striker Esmael Goncalves has been offered a two-game ban by the SFA after being cited for an alleged dive.

Last Updated: 02/04/13 at 18:08 Post Comment

Esmael Goncalves: Has received a notice of complaint from the SFA

Esmael Goncalves: Has received a notice of complaint from the SFA

St Mirren striker Esmael Goncalves has received a notice of complaint from the SFA over his alleged dive during Sunday's 1-1 draw against Celtic.

SFA compliance officer Vincent Lunny has given the Portuguese the option of a two-game ban rather than take the matter to a tribunal.

The governing body took the action after invoking Rule 202 which states 'No player shall cause a match official to make an incorrect decision and/or support an error of judgement on the part of a match official by an act of simulation'.

Goncalves infuriated Celtic defender Emilio Izaguire, who was adjudged to have brought him down in the penalty area midway through the second-half of the match in Paisley.

Referee Bobby Madden, who was heavily criticised by Hoops boss Neil Lennon after the game, immediately pointed to the spot but replays showed there was no contact, and that the incident was clearly outside the box.

In a statement, the SFA said: "Due to the Bank Holiday Monday, the third working day for the response is now Thursday, 4 April.

"Accordingly, if the offer of the fixed penalty is refused the hearing will take place on Thursday, 11 February."


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