At the start of the current season, the Football Association introduced a new discipline policy for adult football and you are invited to provide feedback on the aspect which concerns the right of appeal.
Under this new policy, a player may only appeal to deny a ‘standard’** sending off offence if there is video evidence which clearly shows that the referee “has made a serious and obvious error in law”. There would be no appeal and the decision would be based on the video alone. Video evidence cannot be used in the case of a sending off for unacceptable language.
The reasons given for this change in policy are:
1. To increase the respect shown towards referees
2. To give clarity on when a match based suspension starts in that it will now always start 21 days after the game in question.
3. To remove the possibility of inconsistency which may be shown by a Commission at a Personal Hearing.
Are you in agreement with this aspect of the policy?
Your feedback is important. Please cast a vote and feel free to post your feedback.
** A ‘standard’ sending off offence is defined as
- serious foul play,
- violent conduct
- spitting at an opponent
- using offensive, insulting or abusive language
- denying an obvious goal scoring opportunity
- receiving a second caution
Examples of non-standard offences for which there is a right of appeal, are common or more serious assaults and racially aggravated offences
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