ABERDEEN winger Peter Pawlett has been officially accused of diving to win the penalty that relegated Dundee from the Scottish Premier League.
The Scottish Football Association confirmed yesterday that Pawlett had been issued with a notice of complaint.
The 22-year-old faces a two-match ban if he accepts the charge or loses a potential challenge to the decision.
Pawlett has until tomorrow to respond to SFA compliance officer Vincent Lunny. If he denies the charge, he will face a judicial panel hearing on 16 May.
Dundee manager John Brown accused Pawlett of diving to earn the late spot-kick that Niall McGinn converted to earn the Dons a 1-1 draw on Sunday and consign the Dens Park club to the Irn-Bru First Division.
The Aberdeen player fell emphatically after knocking the ball past former Scotland Under-21 team-mate Lewis Toshney, who appeared to pull out of any challenge.
Brown said: “It was a blatant dive. He was diving with two feet before he has even come near the player.”
The Dundee manager added: “It’s a shocking decision for the penalty. That decision has taken us down. It’s a disgrace. It’s the worst thing I’ve ever seen.”
However, Dons manager Derek McInnes defended his player in the immediate aftermath of the game.
McInnes said: “For me, the big boy Toshney came in and tried to slow down at the last minute but was a bit hasty in his challenge and, for me, he has caught Peter.
“There is definite contact and it is a penalty kick and I think it is a right decision.”
Pawlett has been banned for simulation before – he received a two-match suspension after throwing himself to the ground to win a penalty against Hibernian in December 2011.
He was also booked for diving twice in a month earlier this year, once against Dundee while on loan at St Johnstone, and also against Hibernian for the Dons.