Old Owens Discipline 2020/21
Everyone associated with Old Owens Football Club has a responsibility to promote high standards of behaviour in the game. All players, managers, committee members and supporters are expected to observe The FA’s Respect Code of Conduct at all times (www.TheFA.com/Respect) and to adhere to our Social Media Policy.
All players, managers, committee members and supporters are expected to comply with the Code of Behaviour found within The FA’s general Covid-19 Guidance here and with the Old Owens Football Club Covid-19 Policy.
In order to maintain a constant level of discipline across all teams within the club the following code will apply to all players regardless of whether the offence is put through to the AFA by the match official.
The discipline code will apply independently to three relevant categories of football which are Saturday, Veteran and Friendly. Automatic club bans will be aligned to these categories – meaning that if a player is dismissed in a game, they are unable to play in the same category of football until the ban is served.
Club bans will apply to all sides within each category and the period of suspension will be counted against the fixtures completed by the side the player was playing for at the time they committed the offence.
All Managers must notify either the Chairman or Secretary of all yellow or red cards issued during a match and include OOFC player details for each offence.
If a player receives a yellow card for dissent they will receive a club fine of £10 regardless of whether it is reported by the match official.
If a player receives any subsequent cautions for dissent during the season then the following sliding scale will be applied. Each ban will commence immediately.
2nd caution = 1 match ban
3rd caution = 2 match ban
4th caution = 3 match ban
All other yellow card offences
If a player receives a yellow card they will receive a club fine of £10 regardless of whether it is reported by the match official.
If a player collects a total of 5 yellow cards, for whatever reason, during the season they will receive a club fine of £20 and will be subject to an additional 2 match ban which will be in addition to any punishment that may be given to the player by the AFA. They will also be required to attend a meeting with the committee to discuss the players’ disciplinary record. The committee may impose additional match suspensions and fines.
Any player receiving a red card will automatically receive a club ban. The ban will commence immediately and will be served in conjunction with any punishment that is given to the player by the AFA. If the offence does not get reported by the match official then a club fine will still be issued by the committee and the ban will still be served.
The length of the club ban and size of the club fine will be directly related to the seriousness of the offence as follows:
Any player found to have given an incorrect name to a match official will receive a 3 match club ban and an additional £20 fine. The ban will commence immediately and will be in addition to any punishment handed down by the AFA. The club will inform the AFA of the offence regardless of whether it is reported by the match official.
Any player that receives a misconduct charge from the AFA will be suspended with immediate effect by the club until either the hearing takes place or the punishment is awarded by the AFA. Once again this could result in further match suspensions and fines. If the misconduct charge is subject to appeal by the player, the committee will decide whether the player can be available for selection until the appeal is decided.
The committee reserves the right to expel any member of the club that continues to behave in an inappropriate manner during the season and the SAL and AFA will be notified of that player in order for other clubs to be made aware of their behaviour.
All fines must be paid in full within 7 days of receipt of the paperwork from the AFA. If the offence is not reported by the match official then fines must be paid in full within 14 days of the date of the offence. If a player does not pay a fine within those timeframes they will be unavailable for selection until the fine has been paid.
No player will be available for selection whilst serving a ban, whether it be AFA or club. If it is discovered that they have played whilst banned then the committee reserves the right to extend the ban. The team manager will also be held accountable and subject to a ban and club fine.