Central Hearings Committee statement
Hearing 1 of 2: Gavin Devlin
Defending Party: Gavin Devlin (Ardboe O'Donovan Rossa, Tír Eoghain)
Competition: National U15 Football Academy Tournament
Fixture: Tír Eoghain v An Dún
An Lár Choiste Cheannais na gComortaisí (Central Competitions Control Committee) took Disciplinary Action against Gavin Devlin, alleging a breach of Riail 7.2 (d) T.O. 2019 - Disruptive Conduct by a Supporter (not causing the Premature Termination of a Game)”
Gavin Devlin requested a Hearing, which took place on 23.09.2019. An Lár Choiste Éisteachta (Central Hearings Committee) found the alleged infraction, “Disruptive Conduct by a Supporter (not causing the Premature Termination of a Game)” proven and imposed the following penalty: 24 Weeks Suspension
Gavin Devlin has the option of appealing against the decision of An Lár Choiste Éisteachta to An Lár Choiste Achomhairc.
Hearing 2 of 2: Eoin Brislane
Defending Party: Eoin Brislane (Tiobraid Árann)
Competition: U15 Arrabawn Hurling Tournament
Fixture: Tiobraid Árann v Loch Garman
An Lár Choiste Cheannais na gComortaisí (Central Competitions Control Committee) took Disciplinary Action against Eoin Brislane, alleging a breach of Riail 7.2 (c) T.O. 2019;
- Category Ia - “Abusive language towards Referee”
- Category IVa - “Any type of assault on a Referee”
Eoin Brislane requested a Hearing, which took place on 23.09.2019. An Lár Choiste Éisteachta (Central Hearings Committee) found the following;
- Abusive language towards Referee, proven and imposed the following penalty: 4 Weeks Suspension
- Any type of assault on a Referee, not proven but did find that the evidence presented did disclose a lesser infraction, that is to say, “Minor Physical Interference with a Referee (Category IIIa)” and imposed the following penalty: 12 Weeks Suspension.
Eoin Brislane has the option of appealing against the decision of An Lár Choiste Éisteachta to An Lár Choiste Achomhairc.
Disciplinary process explained.
- Disciplinary Action is commenced by the Competitions Control Committee
- The Competitions Control Committee prepares a charge and notifies the Defending Party of the alleged infraction. (It also offers him the option of accepting a proposed penalty, without a Hearing).
Hearing (Hearings Committee)
- The Defending Party can request a Hearing rather than accept the charge (and the proposed penalty).
- The Hearings Committee (decision makers) decide whether the alleged infraction is proven. If it is proven, they impose a penalty.
Appeal (Appeals Committee)
- If the Defending Party is not willing to accept the decision of the Hearings Committee and any penalty imposed, then he can appeal to the Appeals Committee.
- The Appeal is heard by the Appeals Committee. The Appeal can only be successful where there has been a clear infringement or misapplication of Rule by the Hearings Committee or the Appellants right to a fair hearing has otherwise been compromised to such extent that a clear injustice has occurred. All avenues of appeal are now exhausted.
Arbitration (Disputes Resolution Authority)
- If the Defending Party is still not willing to accept the imposed penalty, a request for Arbitration may be lodged with the DRA (Disputes Resolution Authority), an external Independent Body whose decisions are legally binding.