Shrimper charged

Morecambe's Sam Lavelle is the latest player to be charged with diving by the Football Association over the incident that earned the Shrimps a penalty against Carlisle United.

The spot-kick was awarded by referee Darren Handley after Lavelle went down under a challenge by Carlisle keeper Jack Bonham in Saturday's 1-1 draw.

Blues manager Keith Curle suggested after the game that it could attract the interest of the FA's retrospective simulation panel, depending on footage of the incident.

And the governing body have indeed issued Lavelle with the charge of successful deception of a match official.

It will see the Morecambe defender banned for two matches unless he successfully appeals against the charge.

The charge was issued after three panel members independently concluded that Lavelle dived in the 83rd-minute incident.

It is understood the FA did not request additional footage from Carlisle.

Adam Campbell missed the resulting penalty.

It is the second time this season that United have been involved in an incident to come before the FA's new diving panel.

Blues striker Shaun Miller became the first player in the country to be banned following an incident against Wycombe in October.

Lavelle has until 6pm today to respond to the charge

United declined to comment.