Derby winger Tom Lawrence escapes diving ban and will face Leeds in play-offs

first_img Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update latest Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Liverpool update ‘Champions Wall’ after ending 2019 as European and world champions Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion 1 SORRY gameday cracker talkSPORT is your home of live football! Here’s what’s coming up on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2… Derby’s play-off hopes have been given a major boost after the FA ruled winger Tom Lawrence will not be charged with diving.Lawrence was sweating on a two-match simulation ban for allegedly ‘deceiving a match official’ to earn his side their killer third goal in the vital 3-1 win over West Brom on Sunday. whoops MOST READ IN FOOTBALL revealed Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Lampard appears to aim dig at Mourinho for handling of Salah and De Bruyne at Chelsea LATEST TROPHY JIBE The Welsh winger infuriated fellow promotion chasers West Brom as he won the penalty, converted by Harry Wilson, which confirmed the Rams’ place in the Championship top six.Lawrence surged into the box, but appeared to fall in the vicinity of Baggies skipper Kyle Bartley, as opposed to being taken down.Referee Tim Robinson had no hesitation in pointing to the spot, but West Brom caretaker boss James Shan was adamant that there had been no contact.Video evidence appeared to back up Shan’s claim, with Lawrence seemingly facing an automatic ban – which would have ruled him out of both legs of the play-off semi-final against Leeds. Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? Tom Lawrence, right, has escaped a diving ban by the FA The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 LIVE ON talkSPORT But Lawrence has escaped action following a review of the incident and is now free to play in both games.Derby head into the play-offs in buoyant mood – and the in-form team in the division – having won four and drawn two out of their last six matches.Leeds, on the other hand, are struggling with Marcelo Bielsa’s men without a win in their last four games – including a 3-2 defeat against rock-bottom Ipswich. Ajax vs Tottenham (Wednesday, 8pm) – talkSPORTValencia vs Arsenal (Thursday, 8pm) – talkSPORTNewport vs Mansfield (Thursday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Tranmere vs Forest Green Rovers (Friday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Aston Villa vs West Brom (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Derby vs Leeds United (Saturday, 5:15pm) – talkSPORT 2Sunderland vs Portsmouth (Saturday, 7:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Doncaster vs Charlton (Sunday, 12:15pm) – talkSPORT 2Mansfield vs Newport (Sunday, 6pm) – talkSPORT 2last_img read more