Manuel Lanzini has been found guilty of cheating by The FA and banned for two matches.

He will miss the League Cup quarter-final against Arsenal tonight, as well as the Premier League game against Newcastle on Saturday.

It is still far too lenient a punishment in my opinion, two games missed but that is only when the offence is picked up and only when they have had an advantage from the incident.

Manuel Lanzini did an outrageous dive that won a 19th minute penalty, converted by Mark Noble. Lanzini went on to be man of the match and the Hammers completed the victory with two more goals in the last 15 minutes.

Those three points took West Ham out of the relegation zone and into 15th position on 17 points, with Stoke dropping to fourth bottom and only one point above the relegation places.

Now imagine if there could have been instant justice…

The moral outcome (not necessarily the current laws as no doubt he would only have got a yellow card, if anything) would have seen Lanzini sent off for cheating and getting a 10 game ban (in my opinion), rather than the penalty he cheated to win.

Playing for 71 minutes with only 10 men, West Ham would almost certainly have lost and now you would have the Hammers still second bottom on 14 points and Stoke in 12th spot on 19 points. Who says crime doesn’t pay!

A little bit of poetic justice as well for Newcastle, as it was Manuel Lanzini who made as much as he could have from contact with Aleksandar Mitrovic back in September, leading to a retrospective ban for the Newcastle striker.

FA Official Statement:

‘Manuel Lanzini will serve a two-match suspension with immediate effect after his denial of a charge of ‘Successful Deception of a Match Official’ was rejected.

It follows the awarding of an 18th minute penalty for West Ham United against Stoke City in their Premier League game on Saturday 16 December 2017.

An Independent Regulatory Commission found the charge proven at a hearing today [Tuesday 19 December 2017].’

BBC Sport on Saturday:

Man of the match – Manuel Lanzini

‘Manuel Lanzini  may well have gone down dubiously for the penalty that put his side ahead but his performance was compelling with four key passes, two assists and more passes (62) than any other West Ham player.’

David Moyes:

“The defender gave the referee a decision to make.

“Manuel Lanzini ran about 70 yards so I think he went over with fatigue rather than a dive.

“I’d be disappointed to give away a penalty like that but sometimes that’s the way it goes.”

  • Panzerfaust

    What about Roony?

    • Big Al 1967

      Sorry but it is written into the English FA’s own laws that the likes of Rooney(who I thought did as fine job last Wednesday telling Martin Atkinson how to referee the game) Kane, Alli, and any Man Utd player can do whatever they like without fear of a red card or a ban

    • Peaky Magpie

      He falls cos he’s s**tfaced half the time.

  • Hammer Fred

    Oh well, you might change your mind when one of your own players gets banned for an apparent “dive”.

    • TheFatController

      Probably not. Plus, it’s now officially not an ‘apparent dive’, it’s deliberate simulation that sort to win a massive but undeserved advantage through unsporting behaviour, and succeeded.

    • Leazes Ender

      United don’t cheat….. we occasionally kick people though, that’s why we are in the drop zone.

    • Danimal

      Doesn’t apply to us, we don’t get penalties. Ever.

  • sibbo

    no dive

  • Mark

    What about Zaha vs Bournemouth or Richarlison vs Arsenal. Almost identical. Should be consistent but its not.

  • ghostrider

    Does it really matter who plays and who doesn’t?
    We have to play against 11 men and any one of them can destroy your game if you don’t do the required job to make sure it doesn’t happen, no matter who they are.
    A missing Lanzini might spawn a replacement player who scores the winner.
    I’m a right barrel of misery I am. lol
    Hopefully it doesn’t happen but you get what I’m saying.
    We let them worry about us as much as we have to worry about them.

    • TheNutJob

      If we get a result it`ll be great, if we don`t we`ll just have to work harder & cut out the mistakes. copy & past that for the Man Citee game

      • ghostrider

        Yeah and so on and so on and so on.
        Rafa has ran out of excuses.
        He needs to set the team up to take something from the game which includes actually using subs to good effect if required.

        Who am I kidding. lol

  • TheNutJob

    Perez dives all the time but ref`s put it down to a mild breeze

  • Wor Lass

    I just luv it when people get so holier than thou over these things. We should be lambasting the useless refereeing that we have to endure routinely. It`s ridiculous to think how much money swills around the game and into the pockets of agents, players and fat scumbag owners but the referees, who have control over the outcome of games and the destiny of titles, are so poorly trained and badly served by technology.

    • ghostrider

      Maybe more by design than by ineptitude. Possible?

      • Wor Lass


    • Big Al 1967

      Could not agree more. In 2018 this will be the first World Cup where there will be no English official and that’s because they are all garbage.
      It is not just us as well. Watched Jon Moss do the Everton game last night and barely got a decision right.
      However the worst for me this week was Craig Pawson who is supposedly a FIFA qualified referree. Both Harry Kane and Dele Alli commit potential leg breaking tackles at the weekend against Citeh and the gutless buffoon brandishes Yellow cards. However if is was one of our players instead of a big England international the red card would out in a flash

      • Peaky Magpie

        Kane & Ali are the golden boys of both the FA & southern press,hate them both,pleased Citeh hammered them.

  • TheNutJob

    you know what i dread & wor kid will cry, if Big Andy scores the winning goal

    • Leazes Ender

      Big Andy has been putting off the moment for a while….. its coming.

  • Ash

    Let’s all completely ignore the fact that the defender lunges into the tackle. I’m currently in a situation where my football “career” is over due to an ACL rupture. If Lanzini puts his right leg down and plants it with the challenge coming in from that angle. The weight of the defender on a locked knee could be devastating. Did he dive, yes? Do a lot of professional dive, yes? Especially after riding two other challenges after a 70 meter run and having a defender lunge at you from the side. Screw the two match ban, worth it not to have to have 12 weeks off with an injury.
    Other point to make is, if he cops a yellow Card on the day with the ref making the decision then there is no two match suspension. So the punishment really is being handed down due to poor officiating rather than simulation. Stupidity all around it you ask me.

  • Mark Davies

    The same player who made a meal of mitros challenge and a subsequent ban. Sweet justice if rafa plays mitro at any point and he scores the winner. I can but dream

  • thewildchimp

    Good. But what I’d like more is for the England’s “golden boys” Kane and Ali to get 4+ matches ban for the sh’t they tried to pull off. Unfortunately, the ref protected them well by brandishing yellows. Meanwhile, Mitro and Pogba get the stick because they are foreigners. They effin’ laughed on MotD while they were showing Ali’s slide!

    Also when Mitro accidentally went for Walker’s leg (a bad foul, not gonna deny it, but a mistake), the press went for his head. Then, a few days later, forgot-his-name kicked Pedro like in the middle of an MMA match and pierced his leg with the studs – barely even mentioned.

    And we wonder why foreigners generally dislike playing in England…