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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