Tottenham's Eveliina Summanen is charged with improper conduct

Tottenham’s Eveliina Summanen is charged with improper conduct for deceiving a referee by simulation which resulted in Manchester United star Ella Toone sent off – with her dismissal since rescinded by the FA

  • Spurs star Eveliina Summanen has been charged with deceiving a match official
  • The Finland international has been accused of simulation against Man United
  • Summanen and United’s Ella Toone clashed off the ball in an incident on Sunday

Tottenham Eveliina Summanen has been accused of cheating after the midfielder was charged with ‘successful deception of a match official’.

Summanen is alleged to have committed a clear act of simulation which resulted in Manchester United’s Ella Toone being sent off in Spurs’ 2-1 defeat at the weekend.

Toone, who has had her red card rescinded, pushed Summanen in the shoulder in reaction to a previous challenge. The midfielder, 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 served a three-match suspension as a result.

But Toone is now eligible to play in United’s next game while Summanen is facing a possible two-match suspension.

Tottenham midfielder Eveliina Summanen has been charged with deceiving a match official

The Spurs midfielder (right) was involved in an off-the-ball tussle with Man United’s Ella Toone on Sunday

Toone’s red card was later rescinded as Summanen was accused of ‘simulation’

The Finland international has the right to appeal the charge of improper conduct but if proven, FA rules state she would be banned for the FA Cup fifth-round tie with Reading and the league game against Manchester City.

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.

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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