According to Article 32 of the UEFA Statutes, UEFA has two disciplinary bodies – the Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body and the Appeals Body. UEFA disciplinary inspectors represent UEFA in proceedings before the disciplinary bodies. These authorities are independent within the organisation, and its members are bound by UEFA's rules and regulations.
The Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body deals with disciplinary cases, both on and off the field, which arise from the UEFA Statutes, regulations and decisions of UEFA that do not fall within another committee or body's competence. The Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body decides on the halting of proceedings; acquittals; convictions; and the dismissal or acceptance of protests. It also rules on eligibility to play and the admission of clubs to UEFA competitions.
The Appeals Body handles appeals against disciplinary decisions taken by the Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body. It either confirms, amends or revokes the contested decision.
The role of the UEFA Ethics and Disciplinary Inspector can be compared with that of a state prosecutor. Ethics and Disciplinary inspectors investigate violations of the UEFA Statutes, regulations and decisions, and represent UEFA in disciplinary proceedings. They may open disciplinary investigations and lodge appeals and cross-appeals.
The members of the disciplinary bodies and the ethics and disciplinary inspectors are elected by the UEFA Executive Committee (from candidates proposed by the UEFA member associations) for a term of four years. They may belong to neither the Executive Committee nor any other UEFA organ or committee stipulated in the UEFA Statutes.
Disciplinary matters are administered by the disciplinary and integrity unit, which is headed up by Emilio García under UEFA's legal affairs division director Alasdair Bell.
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Friday 18 September 2015 18.00CETThe UEFA Appeals Body has upheld the one-point deduction imposed on the Croatian Football Federation (HNS) and ordered that the HNS play its next two home matches in UEFA competition behind closed doors. The Appeals Body met yesterday, following an appeal lodged by the Croatian Football Federation (HNS) against the decision taken by the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body (CEDB) on 23 July 2015, in relation to the racist behaviour (Art. 14 of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations) that occurred during the UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying Group H match between Croatia and Italy, which was played in Split on 12 June 2015. The appeal by the HNS was rejected, and the original decision of the CEDB has been upheld. The CEDB had decided to impose a deduction of one point on the Croatian Football Federation (HNS) for the qualifying competition of the 2014–16 UEFA European Football Championship. The HNS has also been ordered to play its next two home matches in UEFA competition behind closed doors, and ordered not to play any of its remaining qualifying games at the Stadion Poljud in Split. In addition, the HNS has been fined €100,000. This decision is final.
Friday 15 May 2015 16.12CETDisciplinary proceedings have been opened following the UEFA Europa League semi-final, second leg between FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk and SSC Napoli (1-0) played on 14 May in Kyiv (Ukraine). Charges against FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk: - Improper conduct of the team (5 cards or more) – art. 15 (4) of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations (DR) - Improper conduct of the supporters: field invasion by supporters – art. 16 (2) (a) of the DR racist behavior (banner) – art. 14 and 16 (2) (e) of the DR setting off and throwing of fireworks – art. 16(2) (b) and (c) of the DR crowd disturbances – art. 16 (2) (h) of the DR - Insufficient organisation (stairways blocked) – art. 38 safety & security regulations. The cases will be dealt with by the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body on 21 May.