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Liverpool and Arsenal set for showdown

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By ESPN Staff

FA eager to retrospectively punish divers

Video replays could soon be used to identify and punish players guilty of diving if the Football Association succeed in convincing FIFA it is in the best interests of the game.

The FA hope to formally raise the issue of retrospective punishments when the International Football Association Board convenes in Manchester in March.

And depending on FIFA's approval, new rules will be explored to allow the use of post match video evidence to penalise cheating tumblers.

An FA spokesman said: 'We have asked FIFA in the past to consider it (allowing retrospective punishments) and we will again raise the issue of using video evidence retrospectively for diving and ask them to reconsider the level of flexibility they may be willing to grant.

'We want to try and convince them that it is in the interests of fairness and the image of the game for the principle to be entertained.'

Whether the FA succeed depends on whether FIFA view the issue as a major disciplinary problem or an attempt to re-referee the game after the final whistle.

Cooper admitted: 'Whether it will be a formal item for discussion or any other business kind of thing we really don't know at this moment in time. We are the only nation pursuing this.

'The issue for them (FIFA) is if the referee sees it then that is it, you don't re-referee the game. We agree with that general principle but think there needs to be a bit of give on the borders there in the interests of fairness.

'Unless we can get the principle agreed by FIFA there is not a lot we can do.

'We want FIFA to grant a bit of flexibility for us to examine how we may make it work. We haven't gone down the road of putting a proposed system in place.

'I don't want to blow this out of proportion, all the FA is trying to do at the moment is get some flexibility from FIFA. Then we will explore what we can do.

'You can't change disciplinary systems midway through a season, but I can't say it (a rule change) would be (applied) next season.'