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Closer disciplinary ties key

Published: Monday 5 December 2016, 13.00CET
The latest UEFA Disciplinary Workshop in Dubrovnik looked at ways of increasing worldwide cooperation to improve football disciplinary bodies' work and decision-making.
Closer disciplinary ties key
Disciplinary experts from across the world came to Dubrovnik ©HNS

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Published: Monday 5 December 2016, 13.00CET

Closer disciplinary ties key

The latest UEFA Disciplinary Workshop in Dubrovnik looked at ways of increasing worldwide cooperation to improve football disciplinary bodies' work and decision-making.

Exchanging ideas and learning from the experiences of others is seen by UEFA as a vital way of improving its disciplinary activities.

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The latest UEFA Disciplinary Workshop, in Dubrovnik, Croatia brought UEFA together with representatives of other continental football confederations, as well as prominent football and legal entities, to discuss new ways and possibilities of developing cooperation in the future.

UEFA's disciplinary unit met with the members of all of its disciplinary bodies, its ethics and disciplinary inspectors, and representatives from the confederations of Asia (AFC) and South America (CONMEBOL), the European Club Association (ECA), the world body FIFA and the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

Discussions centred on the potential for closer ties and greater exchanges of know-how.

"For us, it was very helpful and inspiring to hear ideas and opinions from our guests from different confederations and organisations," said UEFA's disciplinary head Emilio Garcia.

"As we all share the same love and passion for football, it is good to discuss new ways and possibilities of how to further improve the legal framework and increase the efficiency and transparency of the UEFA disciplinary proceedings."

The members of UEFA's disciplinary bodies and the ethics and disciplinary inspectors were briefed about the new 2016 edition of the UEFA disciplinary regulations, and the consequences for future disciplinary proceedings. Key messages were increased efficiency and the important role of the Ethics and Disciplinary Inspectors with regard to the opening of proceedings.

Ethics and disciplinary inspectors represent UEFA in proceedings before the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body and the Appeals Body. They may initiate disciplinary investigations and lodge appeals against decisions by the Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body, and support UEFA in the event that a party lodges an appeal against a decision by the Appeals Body before the CAS.

The UEFA regulations have also been harmonised with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Code. WADA presented the regulatory framework of how to tackle doping cases, based on the WADA code and doping regulations in football.

In other topics on the agenda, the AFC presented their daily work challenges, the ECA commented on the new disciplinary regulations and proposed future challenges and working/talking points, and FIFA highlighted its 2016 reform programme and new structure.

UEFA's administration presented important CAS case law, and informed the UEFA disciplinary bodies about how, and with which outcome, the UEFA disciplinary unit and its disciplinary lawyers had defended the UEFA disciplinary bodies' decisions before CAS. Positive conclusions were drawn, given UEFA's high success rate in this regard.

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