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Urgent New rules effective from 12/02/2019

Below is a snapshot of new rules effective from 12/02/2019 (All rules should be read in conjunction with the full FAI rule book which will be published under our documents section)

Main changes effecting Players, Managers and Club officials are highlighted

New procedures for registrations for next season are at the end

 

Part D) Football Association of Ireland Rules effective from 12th February 2019

 

RULE 4. MISCONDUCT BY OFFICIALS

1. The overall suspension imposed on any Official shall be for:

a) at least one (1) match for unsporting conduct;

b) at least three (3) matches for assaulting (deliberately pushing, pulling, striking, butting, elbowing, punching, kicking etc. Touching is not an assault) an opponent or a person other than a Match Official;

c) at least three (3) matches for assaulting by spitting at an opponent or a person other than a match official;

2. An Official whom the Match Official has reported as having committed an assault on a Match Official before, during or immediately after a match shall automatically stand suspended until the disciplinary process has been completed.

3. A fine may also be imposed in all cases.

4. The right is reserved to punish an infringement which has escaped the Match Official’s attention.

 

RULE 5MISCONDUCT BY PLAYERS AND OFFICIALS AGAINST MATCH OFFICIALS

1. Where a Player receives a red card and/or is subsequently reported for misconduct against a Match Official, the overall suspension imposed, including the automatic one match suspension, shall be for:

a) at least three (3) matches for use of foul, insulting or abusive language that is used directly towards a Match Official in an offensive, intimidating or threatening manner;

b) at least twelve (12) matches for deliberately placing a hand on, brushing against or obstructing a Match Official. During this suspension, the Player shall be ineligible to play for any other club team or in any other competition;

c) at least twelve (12) months from all football related activity for assaulting (deliberately pushing, pulling, spitting at, striking, elbowing, punching, kicking etc.) a Match Official;

d) at least a thirty-six (36) months suspension from all football related activity for assaulting i.e. deliberately striking a Match Official that involves head butting, repeated punching/kicking and/or assaults involving more than one player and/or official from the same team.

 

2. The overall suspension imposed on any Official for misconduct against a Match Official shall be for:

a) at least three (3) matches for use of foul, insulting or abusive language that is used directly towards a Match Official in an offensive, intimidating or threatening manner;

b) at least twelve (12) matches for deliberately placing a hand on, brushing against or obstructing a Match Official. During this suspension, the Official shall be ineligible to be an Official for any other club team or in any other competition;

c) at least twelve (12) months from all football related activity for assaulting (deliberately pushing, pulling, spitting at, striking, elbowing, punching, kicking etc.) a Match Official;

d) at least a thirty-six (36) months suspension from all football related activity for assaulting i.e. deliberately striking a Match Official that involves head butting, repeated punching/kicking and/or assaults involving more than one Player and/or Official from the same team.

3. Where a Player or Official persists in using foul and abusive language, having been sent from the field of play, a further sanction shall be applied.

4. Where a sanction is imposed under Part D, Section 2 Rule 5.1c. or d. or 5.2.c or d, the FAI Disciplinary Committee may impose any other sanction available under these rules.

5. A Player or Official whom the Match Official has reported as having committed an assault on a Match Official before, during or immediately after a match shall automatically stand suspended until the disciplinary process has been completed.

6. Where a Player or Official has been reported as having committed an assault on a Match Official, the League shall immediately refer the matter to the FAI Disciplinary Control Unit and the matter will be decided by the FAI Disciplinary Committee in the first instance. The decision of the FAI Disciplinary Committee shall be notified to all relevant bodies.

7. Where a Player or Official makes disparaging remarks or comments about a Match Official on their personal social media platform visible to the public that Player or Official shall be dealt with in accordance with Part D, Section 2 Rule 19.

 

 

For competitions starting in or after 2019, a Player is registered with the Association once they are properly registered on the FAInet football management system. In order to be registered on the FAInet football management system, a player must have completed and signed the FAI approved hard copy registration form and the appropriate registration fee (if any) must have been paid. The hard copy registration form must then be signed by the Club Secretary and sent by the Club to the League in electronic format via FAInet. Once the League have approved the application for registration on the FAInet football management system, and the club has assigned the player to their respective team(s), the eligibility date is then granted by their respective league prior to being eligible to compete in any competition.

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