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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

Venue: Garvaghey

Date: 27.07.2019

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

Venue: Littleton

Date: 31.08.2019

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;

  1. Category Ia - “Abusive language towards Referee”
  2. 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;

  1. Abusive language towards Referee, proven and imposed the following penalty: 4 Weeks Suspension
  2. 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.

Charge

  1. Disciplinary Action is commenced by the Competitions Control Committee
  2. 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)

  1. The Defending Party can request a Hearing rather than accept the charge (and the proposed penalty).
  2. The Hearings Committee (decision makers) decide whether the alleged infraction is proven. If it is proven, they impose a penalty.

Appeal (Appeals Committee)

  1. 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.
  2. 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)

  1. 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.