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Luke O’Nien has seen his red card against Peterborough for Sunderland rescinded after a coming together with Ivan Toney.
Indeed, with that in mind, it might well be fair to argue the point that Toney should face some kind of retribution for his part in the dismissal.
Do our writers think he should face some kind of investigation, then? We look…
“By the letter of the law, yes he probably should.
“It would fall under successful deception of an official. During the tussle, O’Nien certainly struck Toney, but he was struck in the torso.
“So you would have to say that going down and holding his face may have influenced the referee’s decision.
“But it will also come down to his post-match notes. So if he makes specific reference to Toney being struck in the face, he should be banned.”
“He probably should be facing that, but it remains to be seen if he will.
“Clearly, the rescinding of O’Nien’s red card suggests that the referee got this one wrong and that, therefore, he was conned by Toney’s reaction.
“Does that necessarily dictate that Toney will then be in trouble, though? Sometimes we don’t see such logic follow through in football, unfortunately…”
“Yes, 100%. I’m all for players being retrospectively punished for stuff like this.
“In fact, I’d go further. The problem here is Peterborough won that game 3-0, which they may not have done if Sunderland kept O’Nien on the pitch. Perhaps this is a bad example, Posh were much better, but what of Mansfield and Exeter?
“Ryan Bowman went down under a nothing nudge from Ryan Sweeney and the Stags man was sent off. That could have affected the result of the game. For me, that’s worth more than a ban.
“Punishment for diving should be a 1 point deduction for the offending team. That would stamp it out.”