Every Club shall be responsible for the conduct of its own members,and for investigating any allegations of foul play and/or acts of misconduct which have taken place on Club premises or as part of a club activity unless set out to the contrary of the Disciplinary Regulations. They are further required to take appropriate action in accordance with these Regulations.
In all cases where the Referee has sent off a player, the Referee shall, within 48 hours after the end of the match;
a) Send a completed copy of the sending off report to the secretary of the Constituent Body Disciplinary Committee to which the player's club is affiliated or allocated.
b) Send a copy of his report to his own Referee Society or, if he is not a member of a Referee Society, to the Constituent Body in whose area the match was played.
Where a player is sent off following foul play drawn to the Referee's attention upon the intervention of an Assistant Referee, that official shall also comply with the obligations imposed upon the Referee.
Whether the Referee is a member of a Referee Society or not, in all circumstances Club Secretaries must report to their Constituent Bodies within 48 hours after the match the name, address and contact telephone and fax numbers of any player who has been ordered off the playing enclosure, including players under the age of 17 years. The details of the players under 17 years should be sent to Roger Edmondson.
If a player is being reported for Misconduct in the Playing Enclosure, then the same procedure set out above shall be followed.
A Match Official reporting abuse shall comply with the above requirements, save that, where the player has not been sent off in relation to the alleged abuse, a Match Official Abuse Form shall be completed and submitted within 7 days.
Where a player has been sent off, the Disciplinary Committee Secretary, will complete and forward as soon as possible a Notice of Hearing that will include the details of;
a) The specific charge,
b) The date, time and place appointed for the hearing,
c) Directions on case management, as appropriate.
The player will be asked in the Notice of Hearing;
a) Whether he accepts that he committed the offence specified in the Match Official's Report and wishes to plead guilty; or
b) Whether he disputes the allegations and wishes the Referee, or Assistant Referee in appropriate cases, to be invited to attend.
The player will be advised in the Notice of Hearing that if he wishes any of the match officials to be invited to attend, he may be called upon to pay their travelling expenses.
The Notice of Hearing will be accompanied by a copy of the Match Officials Report. It will also advise a player that he should have available any evidence he wishes to call and his attention will be specifically directed to the Discipline Regulations.
It is our policy that if a player receives a red card on the Saturday, the Discipline Panel will endeavour to meet on the following Thursday at Lewes RFC. The player is suspended until he/she appears before the Disciplinary Panel.
Where a player is 17 years or over and is playing in an U19, U20 or an adult team, he shall be subject to the RFU regulations which apply to all adult players, as covered in the Disciplinary Regulations.
If a player is sent off or cited in a club youth match, that players club secretary(via the club disciplinary panel) shall be responsible for taking disciplinary action against him or her.
As Chairman of the Sussex RFU Disciplinary Committee, I am always available to advise clubs as to procedures, but for obvious reasons would be unable to discuss specifics.
Discipline Chairman:Frank Edmonds 01323 763477