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Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus could face ban for diving – Clattenburg

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Former Premier League referee, Mark Clattenburg, has said Manchester City striker, Gabriel Jesus, could face a retrospective two-game ban for diving in the Manchester derby.

Jesus took a tumble after just 20 minutes at Old Trafford, when he came shoulder to shoulder with Manchester United’s Chris Smalling.

At the start of the season, the FA implemented a new rule that sees diving players punished. However, this is only if the incident in question wins a penalty or leads to opponent being sent off.

Players who are not punished during the game, if found guilty, will be handed a two-game ban.

With no penalty awarded and no yellow card handed out, Clattenburg still expects the footage of Jesus to be reviewed.

“The incident in the first half is a dive from Gabriel Jesus,” he told The Times

“That’s a dive. I think we will see that being looked at by the Premier League and it will be interesting.

“There will be a referee, an ex-player and an ex-manager on the panel and it will depend on what the latter two say.

“The referee will say that it’s a dive but it will have to be a 3-0 verdict for him to receive a ban.”

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