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Everton to contest diving charge against Oumar Niasse

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Everton is prepared to contest charges against Toffees striker Oumar Niasse who has been accused “successful deception of a match official” by simulating during a 2-2 draw against Crystal Palace on Saturday.

The Senegal international won a controversial penalty for Everton after minimal contact from Scott Dann. The spot-kick, awarded by referee Anthony Taylor was subsequently converted by Leighton Baines, before Niasse scored the equalizer in normal play.

Dann claimed that Niasse, who drew Everton level for a second time with a goal on the stroke of half-time, had “conned the referee” but it is understood Everton will appeal against any charges.

“Incidents which suggest a match official has been deceived by an act of simulation are referred to a panel consisting of one ex-match official, one ex-manager and one ex-player,” read an FA statement.

“Each panel member will be asked to review all available video footage independently of one another to determine whether they consider it was an offence of ‘successful deception of a match official’. Only in circumstances where the panel are unanimous would the FA issue a charge.”

Niasse, who defended himself following the incident and told the Liverpool Echo he would be “shocked” to be charged, had until 6pm on Tuesday night to respond.

New laws were introduced in May allowing players to be charged after a game for simulation throughout the English leagues, with Carlisle forward Shaun Miller becoming the first to be banned for two games in October.

However, none of the players in the Premier League had been charged before Niasse, with Manchester City forward Bernardo Silva and Watford’s Richarlison both avoiding charges.

Leicester City wins first match with Claude Puel in charge

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Leicester City has secured a 2-0 win against managerless Everton after appointing Claude Puel as boss.

Puel appointed on Wednesday to replace the sacked Craig Shakespeare since his dismissal from Southampton during the summer.

The Foxes displayed an inspiring stride in their play, with Demarai Gray taking center stage as he evaded three challenges and fed Riyad Mahrez, whose cross was finished at the back post by Jamie Vardy.

Gray continued to inspire, and delivered the second through an inswinging cross that looked harmless but was enough to bait Jonjoe Kenny who wildly miskicked, sending the ball spinning backwards, beyond Jordan Pickford and into the far corner of the net.

“I saw a team in Leicester with a good attitude, a good structure and a lot of solidarity,” said the Frenchman, whose team climbed to 11th in the Premier League.

“I was impressed with my players. I hope it’s just the beginning of something. I was impressed because we played very well first half with good relationships between the players and it was a fantastic first goal.”

“It was a little more difficult in the second half because Everton are a very good team and they tried to come back into the game.”

Everton, who were playing under caretaker boss David Unsworth, were largely restricted to long-range efforts. Although they were dominating against the Foxes in the second half, they show a lack of incision of that of a team that has scored only seven league goals this season and are winless in seven games in all competitions.

Their defeat would pile further misery as the Merseyside club slipped to a ninth defeat in 13 matches, leaving them third from bottom and facing up to a relegation scenario that was unthinkable when £150m was spent in the summer.

Leicester appoints ‘perfect fit’ manager Claude Puel

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Leicester City have appointed the former Southampton head coach Claude Puel as their manager following their summary dismissal of Craig Shakespeare laster week.

Puel, 56, has signed a contract with the Foxes until June 2020 and was described by the club’s vice-chairman, Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha, as “a perfect fit” for his team.

It was also reported that Leicester’s board of directors interviewed several candidates beforehand, with Puel being selected to lead the club now standing at 14th in the Premier League, one point above the relegation zone.

Michael Appleton, interim manager who oversaw two games for the club, will revert to his assistant’s role, as Puel will be introduced to the media on Friday and will take charge of Sunday’s home match against Everton, who are without a full-time manager after Ronald Koeman’s dismissal.

Puel himself was released by Southampton in June despite decent results such as leading the club to an eighth-placed finish in the Premier League and the final of the Capital One Cup. The Saints flopped in the Europa League and decent domestic results were deemed not good enough to compensate for a style of play that many supporters decried as too defensive, with players unhappy about his rotation policy.

Without a club since, the Frenchman was said to have impressed Leicester during more than one set of talks.

“Upon meeting Claude, his attention to detail, knowledge of our squad, understanding of our potential and his vision to help us realise it were extremely impressive,” Srivaddhanaprabha said. “He quickly emerged as the outstanding candidate.”

Puel described it as “a great privilege” to take the Leicester job. “The opportunity to help the club build on its remarkable recent achievements is a truly exciting one, and I’m looking forward to working with the owners, players, staff and supporters to deliver further lasting success,” he said.

Prediction:

Leicester City 2 – 0 Everton

Koeman sacked after Everton falls to Premier League drop zone

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Ronald Koeman was sacked on Monday after a dismal run of form with Everton left the Toffees third from bottom of the Premier League and with just two wins in 13 games.

The manager was sacked after just 16 months in charge and spending £140 million on new players this summer. He had also been vocally criticised by many for making decisions unhelpful towards the club.

The Dutchman’s tenure as Everton manager culminated with a 5-2 defeat by Arsenal on Sunday. His dismissal was a decision taken by the Everton major shareholder, Farhad Moshiri, who three weeks ago, insisted that Koeman retained his total support despite a home defeat against Burnley.

However, Everton made no improvements since then, first needing a 90th‑minute penalty to draw at Brighton & Hove Albion before losing at home against Lyon in the Europa League and subsequently being routed at home by Arsenal.

An Everton club statement read: “Everton football club can confirm that Ronald Koeman has left the club. Chairman Bill Kenwright, the board of directors and major shareholder Farhad Moshiri would all like to express their gratitude to Ronald for the service he has given to the club over the past 16 months and for guiding the club to seventh place in last season’s Premier League campaign.”

In the meantime, David Unsworth, Everton’s academy and under-23s manager, was given temporary charge of the Merseyside club after also taking charge in one Premier League game after Roberto Martínez’s sacking in 2016.

While Unsworth has requested a run of games to show he can be the winning manager Everton need to replace Ronald Koeman, he is expected until the international break to demonstrate his mettle in order to impress the Goodison hierarchy, a spell of four games that includes visits to potentially difficult opponents in Chelsea, Leicester and Lyon.

Everton will also be the third Premier League club to lose part ways with their manager this season, after Craig Shakespeare who was fired as Leicester City manager after the Foxes lost six Premier League games in a row, and Frank de Boer who left after only 77 days as manager of Crystal Palace.