West Ham’s Lanzini gets two-game ban for diving

Date published: Tuesday 19th December 2017 4:14

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.

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