Discipline Procedures

Sunday 5th July 2015

1. REPORTING OF OFFENCES BY MATCH OFFICIALS

a. Caution Offences

Referees must submit to the West Wales Football Association within two Business Days of the match a report stating the offence and giving a description of the incident.

b. Sending Off Offences

Referees must submit to the West Wales Football Association within two Business Days of the match a report stating the offence and giving a description of the incident.

c.   If a Referee omits to show the appropriate card when taking action against a player, this will not nullify the caution or sending-off offence. However, the attention of the Referee will be drawn to the correct procedure.

d. Other Misconduct

Referees must submit to the West Wales Football Association within two Business Days of the match a report [in duplicate] on plain paper, of all other alleged offences by Players, Spectators/Supporters, Club Officials, etc. A separate report is required for EACH alleged offence.

 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 £10.00 will be charged against the Club for each Caution.

When payment is requested by Invoice, the Caution Fines must be forwarded to the Association Treasurer within 14 days. Failure to pay will result in your Club being placed under suspension until the day following date of receipt by the Association Treasurer.  Also, your Club will be fined the sum of £10.00 for not answering correspondence.

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 standard punishment [see Section 4].

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 £30.00.  If the Secretary of the West Wales Football Association, or his nominee, is satisfied that the claim warrants further investigation, a Disciplinary Commission shall be convened and will meet within the fourteen days before any automatic penalty is due to take effect.  If the Members of the appointed Commission are satisfied that the 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 the provisions of the current procedures.

The Appeal Fee of £30.00 will be forfeited if the claim is deemed to be unfounded or is dismissed by the Disciplinary Commission. In addition, the Player may be liable to any costs incurred.

c. Claims of Wrongful Dismissal

In the case of a claim of alleged wrongful dismissal for offences with a penalty imposed under the Laws of the Game of an immediate dismissal (this excludes two cautions leading to a dismissal) 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 an APPEAL FEE OF £30.00. If the Secretary of the West Wales Football Association, or his nominee, is not satisfied that the Claim warrants further investigation, the Match Official's decision and the punishment will remain.  If the Secretary of the West Wales Football Association, or his nominee, is satisfied that the claim does warrant further investigation, he may in the first instance forward the evidence to the Match Official concerned who will be asked to review the evidence and inform the West Wales Football Association if he/she concedes the Player should not have been sent off.  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 Secretary, or his nominee can:-

1. Confirm the decision and punishment awarded, or

2. Ask three Members of a Disciplinary Commission to sit and meet with the Player, a representative of the Club, the Match Official and any other person deemed necessary within fourteen days of the alleged offence, before the automatic suspension is due to take effect.  If after presentation of all the relevant evidence:-

a. The Match Official concedes the Player should not have been sent off, or

b. the Members of the Disciplinary Commission are of the opinion that the evidence indicates that special consideration should be given in the matter

the Commission shall have discretion to decide what action, if any, be taken in the matter.

The Appeal Fee of £30.00 will be forfeited if the claim is deemed to be unfounded or is dismissed by the Disciplinary Commission.  In addition, the Player may be liable to any costs incurred.

4. PUNISHMENTS

a. Caution Offences

1. If a Player accumulates FIVE caution offences between the opening day of the season and the 31st December in the same season, he/she will be suspended automatically for a period covering ONE FIRST TEAM MATCH and CLUB FINED £10.00

2. If a Player accumulates FIVE caution offences between the opening day of the season and the last day of the same season, he/she will be warned as to his/her future conduct.

3. If a Player accumulates TEN caution offences between the opening day of the season and the second Sunday in April in the same season, he/she will be suspended automatically for a period of TWO FIRST TEAM MATCHES and CLUB FINED £10.00

4. If a Player accumulates TEN caution offences between the opening day of the season and the last day of the same season, he/she will be severely censured and warned as to his/her future conduct.

5. If a Player accumulates FIFTEEN caution offences in the same season, he/she will be suspended automatically for a period covering THREE FIRST TEAM MATCHES and CLUB FINED £10.00

6. A Player who has already been the subject of disciplinary action as a result of accumulating five (5) cautions, ten (10) cautions and fifteen (15) cautions, and who goes on to record twenty (20) cautions, shall be required to attend a meeting of a Disciplinary Commission when requested to do so. The Members of the Commission shall have the power to deal with the Player in such manner as they deem fit. The same procedure will apply for every further five (5) cautions recorded against the Player.

Any period of suspension arising from the above, will commence on the 14th day following the date of the players last offence.

The Player must serve the suspension with the Club at which the Player committed the suspension offence.

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

b. Sending Off Offences

1. A Player who is sent off for receiving TWO CAUTIONS will be suspended automatically for a period covering ONE FIRST TEAM MATCH and CLUB FINED £10.00

2. A Player who is sent off for DENYING AN OBVIOUS GOAL SCORING OPPORTUNITY will be suspended automatically for a period covering ONE FIRST TEAM MATCH and CLUB FINED £10.00

3. A Player who is sent off for USING OFFENSIVE, INSULTING OR ABUSIVE LANGUAGE will be suspended automatically for a period covering TWO FIRST TEAM MATCHES and CLUB FINED £10.00

4. A Player who is sent off for VIOLENT CONDUCT, SERIOUS FOUL PLAY or SPITTING AT AN OPPONENT OR ANY OTHER PERSON will be suspended automatically for a period covering THREE FIRST TEAM MATCHES and CLUB FINED £10.00

5. A Player who is sent off for a SECOND TIME in the same season, in addition to the automatic suspension applicable to the offence will be suspended for ONE EXTRA MATCH

6. A Player who is sent off for a THIRD TIME in the same season, in addition to the automatic suspension applicable to the offence will be suspended for TWO EXTRA MATCHES, and so on

7. In Special cases where a Match Official's report indicates a serious breach of the Laws of the Game, this Association reserves the right to prefer an appropriate charge of misconduct against the Player. 

When dealing with such a case, the Commission must take into account any automatic punishment imposed under the procedures.

8. 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 or Competition with a view to enabling the Player to complete his/her suspension and thus qualify him/her to play in a specific match.

Any period of suspension arising from the above, will commence on the 14th day following the date of the sending off.

The Player must serve the suspension with the Club at which the Player was sent off.

Any period of suspension or part thereof which remains outstanding at the end of the season must be served at the commencement of the following season.  The outstanding suspension, with the consent of the West Wales Football Association, may be transferred to a Player's new Club if applicable.

It is the responsibility of the Club to forward the fines to the West Wales Football Association within 14 days, as per Rule.  Failure to pay the fines within 14 days, may result in the CLUB being placed under suspension until the day following date of payment to the Association Treasurer.

It is the Club's right to impose the above fines on their Players.  Any Club experiencing difficulties in obtaining monies owed by Players of the Club may lodge an official complaint with the West Wales Football Association accompanied by a fee of £30.00.  Should the complaint be deemed justified, the fee will be returned.

A West Wales Football Association Commission convened to investigate such a complaint from a Club will have discretion to suspend a Player from all aspects of football until his/her liabilities with the Club have been fulfilled.

A Player cannot resume playing following completion of any suspension until clearance is given by the West Wales Football Association.  This is to ensure that the suspension has been served.

All the fines referred to in this section DO NOT apply to Players under the age of 16.  They will incur Club fines of £3.00 per caution and £3.00 per sending off as laid down by the Football Association of Wales.

A PLAYER MUST NOT PLAY IN ANY LEAGUE OR SANCTIONED CUP COMPETITION OR FRIENDLY MATCH, UNTIL THE SUSPENSION HAS BEEN SERVED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE ABOVE PROCEDURES.

APPROVED COMPETITIONS FOR SERVING SUSPENSION

First Team or relevant age group matches only apply to League and Cup Competitions organised by the following :-

THE FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION OF WALES [Trophy Matches ONLY]

THE WEST WALES FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION

CARMARTHENSHIRE AFL

NEATH & DISTRICT AFL

PEMBROKESHIRE AFL

SWANSEA SENIOR & SUNDAY AFL

SWANSEA JUNIOR AFL

WEST GLAMORGAN JUNIOR AFL

WEST WALES WOMENS & GIRLS AFL

WEST WALES YOUTH AFL

UCL SOUTH WALES CHURCHES AFL

WEST WALES FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION APPROVED SANCTIONED COMPETITIONS


DISCIPLINARY RECORD OF CLUBS

At the end of each Season, Clubs' disciplinary records will be considered by the Council on the following basis:

1. 12 Penalty points per sending off [denying goal scoring opportunities excluded]

2. 3 Penalty points per caution

3. Junior teams misconduct will be dealt with separately and not included in their Senior Club's total.

4. Fines will be incurred as follows:

Total Penalty Point between 76 - 100 = £25 fine

 101 - 125 = £35 fine

 126 - 150 = £45 fine

 151 - 175 = £55 fine

 176 - 200 = £65 fine

 over 200 = £75 fine

The number of Senior Teams [maximum two] run by a club will be taken into account when arriving at the final Penalty Points total.

5. Clubs who total more than 150 Penalty points in two consecutive seasons will receive an additional fine of £20.

6. Clubs who total more than 150 Penalty points in three consecutive seasons will receive an additional fine of £40.

7. Clubs who total more than 150 Penalty points in four consecutive seasons will receive an additional fine of £40 and be brought before a Disciplinary Commission for possible further punishment.

FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION OF WALES

REGULATIONS GOVERNING ASSAULTS ON MATCH OFFICIALS

These Regulations shall apply at all levels of the game

3. CATEGORIES OF ASSAULT

A. Technical Assault (where there is no element of contact between the offender and match official)

A Technical Assault will occur where a match official is intimidated and/or threatened with violence and/or is in fear of violence, whether or not there is an intention to carry through the threat. This category will also include careless actions, which will include, but is not limited to, the throwing or kicking of objects or substances or spitting towards a match official but where no contact is made with the said official.

B. Assault (whether or not causing bodily harm)

An assault in accordance with this category is defined as any circumstance of an inappropriate nature where physical contact is made with an official whether or not any injury results. This category also includes, but is not limited to, the throwing or kicking of objects or substances or spitting towards the match official where the said object or substance or spit makes contact with the match official.

C. Assault Causing Seriously Bodily Harm

An assault shall be regarded as causing serious bodily harm if the official suffers any serious injury, including but not limited to injury to limbs, bones or senses, cuts, bruises, burns or concussion. Serious bodily harm may occur whether or not the Official requires medical treatment or first aid but shall not include harm which at the reasonable discretion of the Disciplinary Panel is deemed bodily harm of a minor nature falling within Category B above.

4. RECOMMENDED SANCTIONS

A. Technical Assault

A maximum of 182 days suspension from football (the 'Category of Suspension' to be determined by the disciplinary body) and a minimum fine of £50.00.

B. Assault (whether or not causing bodily harm)

A maximum of two years suspension from football (the 'Category of Suspension' to be determined by the disciplinary body) and a minimum fine of £75.00.

C. Assault causing Serious Bodily Harm

A Sine Die suspension from ALL FOOTBALL RELATED ACTIVITY with no review to be considered under a period of 5 years and a minimum fine of £100.00.

In deciding the level of penalty or sanction within the ranges provided above, the Disciplinary Panel will take into account all of the circumstances of the case including the subsequent behaviour of the two parties involved and any mitigating evidence put forward.

 

CATEGORIES OF SUSPENSION

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:-

1. Attending the dugouts and technical areas before, during and after the match.
2. Entering the field-of-play and the prohibited area in the vicinity of the touchline and goal lines.
3. Coaching or issuing instructions for the duration of the match.
4. 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 WWFA 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 or issue instructions to the coaching staff. This will be considered as a breach of the Touchline Suspension and will result in the West Wales Football Association  preferring charges of misconduct against the club and player or official who is under the suspension.

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

For the duration of the match a player or official under a Touchline Suspension is  NOT PERMIITED to communicate with the dugout via a radio or other electronic communication and is prohibited from having personal contact with any coaching staff.

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:
1. The field-of-play. 
2. The dressing rooms and their immediate area. 
3. The tunnel and/or private way leading from the dressing rooms to the field -of-play.
4. The dugouts, benches and technical areas. 
5. 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. 

Ground 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 West Wales Football Association.  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:

1. Attending any association football match played at a ground under the jurisdiction of the West Wales Football Association.
2. Participating in any association football match played at a ground under the jurisdiction of the West Wales Football Association. 
3. Attending or participating in any training activities connected to any club under the jurisdiction of the West Wales Football Association. 
4. 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. 

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 West Wales Football Association preferring charges of misconduct against the club and/or the individual concerned.