Tottenham’s Eveliina Summanen is banned for two games for deceiving a referee after she held her face to get Manchester United star Ella Toone sent off in WSL match
- Summanen held her face on the floor after Toone pushed her on the shoulder
- Manchester United forward Toone was sent off but later had it rescinded
- Now the Tottenham midfielder has been suspended for their next two games
Tottenham’s Eveliina Summanen has been banned for two matches for ‘successful deception of a match official’ after an incident involving Manchester United star Ella Toone.
The Finland international midfielder, 24, was found by the Football Association to have committed a clear act of simulation which resulted in Toone being sent off in Tottenham’s 2-1 Women’s Super League defeat to United on February 12.
Toone, who has had her red card rescinded, pushed Summanen in the shoulder in reaction to a previous challenge.
The Tottenham player, who was on the floor when the challenge occurred, proceeded to hold her face despite there being no contact.
The action resulted in referee Amy Fearn brandishing a red card for Toone, who would have faced a three-match suspension.
Tottenham midfielder Eveliina Summanen has been handed a two-match suspension
The Spurs midfielder (right) was involved in an off-the-ball tussle with Man United’s Ella Toone during their WSL encounter earlier this month
A statement released by the FA read: ‘Tottenham Hotspur Women’s Eveliina Summanen has been suspended for two matches following their WSL match on Sunday 12 February against Manchester United Women.
‘The midfielder denied a charge for ‘successful deception of a match official’, which allegedly took place during the 80th minute and led to an opponent being sent off, and amounts to improper conduct.
‘An independent Regulatory Commission upheld the charge during a subsequent hearing and imposed her two-match ban.
‘Its written reasons will be published in due course.’
She will be banned for Sunday’s FA Women’s Cup fifth round tie at home to Reading and the WSL trip to Manchester City a week later.
There is no VAR in the women’s game, meaning Toone’s red card could not be overturned during the match itself.
The offence of deceiving a match official was brought into football ahead of the 2017-2018 season.
Toone’s red card was later rescinded as Summanen was accused of ‘simulation’ and banned
The official law states: ‘Where there is clear and overwhelming evidence to suggest a match official has been deceived by an act of simulation, and as a direct result, the offending player’s team has been awarded a penalty and/or an opposing player has been dismissed, The FA will be able to act retrospectively under its Fast Track system.
‘A panel consisting of one ex-match official, one ex-manager and one ex-player will be asked to review all available video footage of the incident independently of one another and then advise The FA as to whether they believe it was an offence of ‘Successful Deception of a Match Official’.
‘Only in circumstances where the panel are unanimous would The FA charge the individual concerned.’
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