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DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURES CONCERNING FIELD OFFENCES

SEASON 2015-2016

1. REPORTING OF OFFENCES BY MATCH OFFICIALS

a) Caution Offences
Referees must submit to the South Wales Football Association within 2 days of the match
(Sundays not included) a Report stating the offence and giving a description of the incident.
b) Sending Off Offences
Referees must submit to the South Wales Football Association within 2 days of the match
(Sundays not included) a Report stating the offence(s) and giving a description of the incident(s).
c) Supplementary Offences
Referees must submit to the South Wales Football Association within 2 days of the match
(Sundays not included) two copies of the report clearly indicating the offence and description of
the incident(s).

2. CAUTION OFFENCES

A player who has been cautioned in any match will be notified through his/her Club by this
Association, of the offence reported by the Referee. An administration fee of £10 for each player (£3 if the offence took place in a competition age-group under-16 or lower) as laid down by the Football Association of Wales will be charged for the processing of each report. It will be the responsibility of the club to collect the administration fee from the player.

3. SENDING-OFF OFFENCES

a) Notification
A player who has been sent off in a match under the provisions of Law 12 will be notified
through his/her Club by this Association of the offence reported by the Referee, and at the
same time will be advised that he/she will be subject to the agreed standard punishment
(see Section 4). An administration fee of £10 for each player as laid down by the Football
Association of Wales will be charged for the processing of each report.
Clubs who have not been notified within 10 days of any player dismissal/caution must contact the Association Disciplinary Secretary for advice

b) Claims of Mistaken Identity
In the case of a claim of alleged mistaken identity concerning a player cautioned or sent off
in a match, the player concerned and his/her Club must within THREE DAYS of the said
match submit in writing to this Association, particulars upon which the claim is founded,
together with an appeal fee of £25. If the Secretary of the South Wales Football Association,
or his nominees, are satisfied that the claim warrants further investigation, a Disciplinary
Commission shall be convened and will meet within fourteen (14) days before any automatic
penalty is due to take effect. If the members of the appointed Commission are satisfied that
mistaken identity has been proved in a case, the record of the offence will be transferred to
the appropriate offender, who will be subject to disciplinary action in accordance with provisions of the current procedures

c) Claims of Wrongful Dismissal
In a case of a claim for wrongful dismissal for violent conduct or serious foul play, which carries a
3 MATCH SUSPENSION, evidence upon which the claim is founded must be submitted by the
player concerned and his/her Club and be received by this Association within THREE DAYS of
the match, together with the relevant appeal fee of £25. If the Secretary of the South Wales
Football Association, or his nominees, are not satisfied that the claim warrants further
investigation the Match Officials’ decision of the punishment will remain. If the Secretary of the
South Wales Football Association, or his nominees, are satisfied, that the claim does warrant
further investigation, they may in the first instance forward the evidence to the Match Official
concerned who will be asked to review the evidence and inform the South Wales Football
Association if he/she concedes the Player should not have been sent from the field of play. If the
Match Official does indicate that he/she was incorrect in the action taken, the offence can be reduced to a caution or expunged from the record of the player and Club.

If the Match Official, after reviewing the evidence, is still of the opinion that his/her decision was
correct, the disciplinary Secretary, or his nominees can:-
Appeal fee may be forfeited if the claim is deemed to be unfounded or is dismissed by a Disciplinary
Commission.
In (a) and (b) the player must serve the suspension with, the Team that is governed by this
Association, of the Club at which the player committed the final suspension offence.
If after presentation of all the relevant evidence:-
Confirm the decision and the punishment awarded or
Ask three members of a Disciplinary Commissiom to sit and meet with the Player, a
representative of the Club, the Match Official(s) and any person deemed necessary within
fourteen (14) days before any automatic penalty is due to take effect.
The Match Official(s) concede the Player should not have been sent from the Field of Play, or
The Members of the disciplinary Commissions are of the opinion that the evidence indicates
that special consideration should be given in the matter,
The Commission shall have the discretion to decide what action, if any, be taken in the matter.

4. Punishments

a) Caution Offences
Each caution will be recorded against the player and used according to the procedure in (B).

b) Players accumulating cautions
i) If a player accumulates five cautions between the start of the season and the 31st December in the same season he/she will be automatically suspended for a period of one match. The player must serve the suspension with the team that is governed by this Association, of the Club at which the player committed the final suspension offence.
ii) If a player accumulates 5 cautions between the start of the playing season and the last day of the same season he/she will be warned as to his/her future conduct.
iii) A player who has been already subject to disciplinary action as a result of accumulating five cautions and then goes on to accumulate ten cautions or more during the same season will be subject to the following punishments:-
iv) If 10 cautions are reached on or before the last Sunday in March, he/she will be automatically suspended for a period of 2 matches.
v) If 10 cautions are reached on or before the last day of the season he/she will be automatically suspended for a period of 1 match.
vi) If 15 cautions are reached on or before the last day of the season, he/she will be suspended for a period of 3 matches

In a) and b) above the player must serve the suspension with the team that is governed by this Association, of the Club at which the player committed the final suspension offence.

vii) Any period of suspension arising from the accumulation of cautions shall commence on the 14th day following the date of the player’s last offence. The suspension shall cover all domestic league, cup and friendly matches until such time as the team that is governed by this Association, of the Club at which the player committed the final offence, has completed the number of matches appropriate to the punishment in approved competitions.
viii) Any period of suspension or part thereof, which remains outstanding at the end of a season must be served at the commencement of the next season. The outstanding suspension, with consent of the South Wales Football Association, may be transferred to a player’s new club if applicable.

c) Players sent off under Law 12 (7)

A player who is dismissed from the field of play for a second cautionable offence after having already received a caution will be automatically suspended from all domestic league, cup and friendly matches commencing on the 14th day following the match in which he/she was sent off , until such time as his/her club’ team that is governed by this association has completed one match in approved competitions.

The player must serve the suspension with the Team at which he/she committed the suspension offence.

d) Players sent off under Law 12 (4) and (5)
A player who is dismissed from the field of play for denying a goal or an obvious goal scoring opportunity by physical means or by handling the ball will be automatically suspended from all domestic league, cup and friendly matches commencing on the 14th day following the match in which he/she was sent off , until such time as his/hers’ club’ team that is governed by this association has completed one match in approved competitions.

The player must serve the suspension with the Team at which he/she committed the suspension offence.

e) Players sent off under Law 12 (6)

A player who is dismissed from the field of play for using offensive, insulting or abusive language, whether he/she has been previously cautioned or not, will be automatically suspended from all domestic league, cup and friendly matches commencing on the 14th day following the match in which he/she was sent off , until such time as his/hers’ club’ team that is governed by this association has completed two matches in approved competitions.

The player must serve the suspension with the Team at which he/she committed the suspension offence.

f) Players sent off under Law 12 (1), (2) and (3)

A player who is dismissed from the field of play for violent conduct, serious foul play or spitting at an opponent or any other person whether he/she has been previously cautioned or not, will be automatically suspended from all domestic league, cup and friendly matches commencing on the 14th day following the match in which he/she was sent off , until such time as his/hers’ club’ team that is governed by this association has completed three matches in approved competitions.

The player must serve the suspension with the Team at which he/she committed the suspension offence.

g) Additional sending offs

Players dismissed from the field of play for a second time in the same season will be suspended for 1 extra match.

A player dismissed for a third time in the same season will be suspended for an extra 2 matches and subsequent dismissals will increase the number of extra matches accordingly.

h) Outstanding Suspensions

Any period of suspension or part thereof, which remains outstanding at the end of a season must be served at the commencement of the next season. The outstanding suspension, with consent of the South Wales Football Association, may be transferred to a player’s new club if applicable.

i) Playing Whilst Under Suspension

A player found guilty of playing while under suspension will be subject to double the original suspension for every game played plus a fine of £25.00

j) FAW rule 38

In special cases where a Match Official’s report indicates a serious breach of the Laws of the Game, the association reserves the right to prefer an appropriate charge of misconduct against the player in accordance with FAW Rule 38. When dealing with such a case the disciplinary panel may take into account any automatic punishment imposed under the procedures.

k) Re-arranged matches

A Commission shall have discretionary power to rule that a match shall not count towards the completion of a suspension if it is satisfied that the game has been arranged by the club with a view to enabling a player to complete his/her suspension and thus qualify him/her to play in a specific match.

l) Collection of administration fees

It will be the responsibility of the Club Secretary to collect the £10.00 administration fees from the players concerned (£3.00 if the fee was incurred in a fixture at under-16 level or younger). Failure to pay a charge within 14 days will result in the club being suspended from fixtures. Any club experiencing difficulties in obtaining monies owed by players of the Club may refer any alleged breach of FAW Rule 51.8 to the Association.

5. Categories of Suspensions

a) Touchline Suspension

A Touchline Suspension is a ban from any immediate contact with players, club officials and match officials participating in a match for the duration of the match. A Touchline Suspension may be imposed on a player and an official. A Touchline Suspension prohibits an individual from:

  • Attending the dugouts and technical areas before, during and after the match.
  • Entering the field-of-play and the prohibited area in the vicinity of the touchline and goal lines.
  • Coaching or issuing instructions in a public way.
  • Engaging the match officials whilst they are on the field-of-play or in the tunnel and/or private way leading from the dressing rooms to the field-of-play.

The player or official under a Touchline Suspension is permitted to attend the team changing room pre match, at half time and post match.  Furthermore, the individual is permitted to approach the match officials pre or post match whilst they are in their dressing room and provided the match officials are agreeable to the approach.

The FAW is aware that due to the nature of many grounds, the individual under a Touchline Suspension may stand behind the perimeter barrier surrounding the field-of-play but still remain sufficiently close enough to the field-of-play to allow them to continue coaching. This will be considered as a breach of the Touchline Suspension and will result in the Football Association of Wales preferring charges of misconduct against the club and player or official who is under the suspension.  

Where a stand exists within the ground, the Football Association of Wales requires the player or official to sit in the stand away from the field-of-play.

During a Touchline Suspension, the player or official may communicate with the dugout via a radio or other electronic communication. However, the individual is prohibited from having personal contact with any coaching staff whilst the game is on-going.

b) Match Suspension

A Match Suspension is a ban on taking part in a match and on attending it in the area immediately surrounding the field-of-play. A Match Suspension may be imposed on a player or an official.

The area immediately surrounding the field-of-play includes:

  • The field-of-play.
  • The dressing rooms and their immediate area.
  • The tunnel and/or private way leading from the dressing rooms to the field-of-play. 
  • The dugouts, benches and technical areas.
  • The prohibited area in the vicinity of the touchline and goal lines. 

The player or official under a Match Suspension is prohibited from contact with match officials, players and club officials, as well as giving any media interviews, before, during and after the match.

A match suspension does not prohibit a player or official from attending or taking part in a club organised training session or a match between teams made up of players registered with his/her club. However, a player or official is prohibited from attending or taking part in a friendly or training match against a team from another club. 

A club who permits a player or an official to attend a ground whilst serving a Match Suspension will be responsible for ensuring the terms of the suspension are adhered to.

c) Ground Suspension (also known as an 'all aspects of football' suspension)

A Ground Suspension is a ban from attending or taking part in any association football match played at a ground under the jurisdiction of the Football Association of Wales. A Ground Suspension can be imposed on a player, an official or spectator.

A Suspension From All Football Related Activity

A suspension from all football related activity prohibits an individual from any involvement in football. This includes but is not limited to

  • Attending any association football match played at a ground under the jurisdiction of the Football Association of Wales.
  • Participating in any association football match played at a ground under the jurisdiction of the Football Association of Wales.
  • Attending or participating in any training activities connected to any club under the jurisdiction of the Football Association of Wales.
  • Conducting any administrative duties connected to football or a football club.

A suspension from all football related activity may be placed on a player, official or spectator.

d) A Breach of the Terms of Suspension Imposed

A breach of the terms of a Touchline Suspension, Match Suspension, Ground Suspension or Suspension from all football related Activity, will result in the Football Association of Wales or Area Association preferring charges of misconduct against the club and/or the individual concerned.


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