West Ham’s Manuel Lanzini has been given a two-game ban after being found guilty of diving to win a penalty against Stoke on Saturday, the Football Association has announced.
The 24-year-old Argentinian went down when challenged by Erik Pieters and West Ham captain Mark Noble converted from the spot to give the visitors a 1-0 lead.
Referee Graham Scott’s decision to award the penalty infuriated Stoke manager Mark Hughes, who is now under pressure following his side’s eventual 3-0 defeat.
Lanzini was charged with the “successful deception of a match official” on Monday and was given until 6pm this evening to respond.
He denied the charge but an independent regulatory commission upheld it at a hearing on Tuesday and the ban comes into immediate effect, ruling him out of the Carabao Cup quarter-final against Arsenal and the Premier League clash against Newcastle on Saturday.