Discipline Regulation Changes 17-18

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The Football Association has released a number of changes to Disciplinary Regulations and Procedures for the 2017-18 season.

Separation of FA Offences and CFA Offences
All suspensions imposed by a County FA will not affect a participant at Step 4 and above unless dispensation has been given by The FA for the suspension to cover all levels of the game. Likewise, a suspension at Step 4 and above will remain at Step 4 and above unless dispensation provided to cover all levels of the game.

This change will ensure Players and Clubs are not affected by suspensions from another body which operates under a different set of Disciplinary Regulations.

Suspension Start Dates
Automatic suspensions issued in relation to Red Card dismissal and 5, 10 and 15 accumulated caution offences will now commence 7 days from the date of the offence.

The onus is on the Player and Club to ensure the suspension is served irrespective whether paperwork is received or not.  Any Club that has not received an expected charge should email support@gloucestershirefa.com with details as soon as possible.

Late Payment & Response Update
Payment deadlines are 14 days from the date of the issue of an invoice.  Failure to pay within the specified time will result in a late payment fine equivalent to 25% of the original amount invoiced.  Failure to pay the original invoice and the late fine will result in a Club suspension on the first Monday 7 days after the monies were due.

Response dates to charges remain 7 days for red card offences and 14 days for cautions from the date of the issue.  If a late response fine is applied this will amount to 25% of the original amount invoiced.  Failure to pay will result in a Team suspension on the first Monday 7 days after the monies were due.

County FA Discipline Commissions
To improve the efficiency and effectiveness of Discipline Commissions the following rules have been implemented, thus ensuring personnel sitting are fully compliant and aware of discipline process and regulations:

- Every Commission must have a qualified Commission Secretary
- Every Commission must have an Independent member who has no involvement other than the Disciplinary panel with a County Association.   This will be effective from 1st January 2018.

Appealing a County FA Decision
A removal of the minimum threshold allows a participant charged to lodge an Appeal to The FA against any decision of a County FA Disciplinary Commission. 

All suspensions imposed following a misconduct charge commence 3 days after the date of the hearing with an intention to Appeal having to be made to The FA within those 3 days. The full written submissions are still required within 14 days of the written decision. Any appeal outside of these timelines will not be accepted.

More details will be published on Hearing Results letters issued to Participants after the completion of Hearings.

Mandatory Minimum Sanctions

- Assaults on a Match Official – 5 year minimum sanction
- Physical contact on a Match official - 84 days & £100 minimum
- Threatening a match official – 56 days/6 matches & £50 minimum

To ensure consistency across The FA and County FAs, the above mandatory minimum sanctions have been introduced.  Any individual whose charge is found proven will face the minimum listed sanction.  A Disciplinary Commission can increase this sanction should aggravating factors be evident.

Serious Offences and Suspensions

- Assaults on a Match Official
- Physical contact on a Match official
- Threatening a match official
- Assault by participant on participant
- Any sanction in excess of 10 matches or 112 days

Any proven case above will result in the automatic suspension the participant from all football and football activities at County level.  County FAs can apply to The FA for this suspension to apply nationally should an application from the CFA to The FA with all the relevant contact details.

Football Debt Recovery (FDR)
A review of FDR has been approved with several amendments being made to ensure the process is effective and fair to participants. The changes are:

- Where there is more than 1 debtor on an action, the administration fee from the CFA has increased to £2 on each individual.  Where there is only 1 debtor, the fee of £10 remains.
- On an annual basis, any debt created more than 7 years ago will be deactivated and removed from the system. All monies & suspension will be cleared and removed.
- On an annual basis, any debt whereby the entity did not affiliate in the previous season will be written off and any suspension imposed lifted.
- Leagues will be able to apply a £2 administration fee on all FDR applications

Other changes to note are:-

- Any suspension includes a suspension from all refereeing
- "No Review" sanctions have been removed. A Commission must impose a sanction relative to the offence and cannot insert a review period in order for the Participant to be aware of the full extent of their suspension.

More details will be published in the FA Disciplinary Handbook 2017/18 (available soon).

Any questions relating to disciplinary can be sent to support@gloucestershirefa.com

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