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When is there a right to replay a football match? FIFA, UEFA and The FA laws on fielding an ineligible player

Football Being Kicked

Tuesday, 14 June 2022
By Grahame Anderson

Think about this circumstance: a club fields an ineligible[1] or suspended player in a match.  That club wins the match.  The player’s ineligibility or suspension is then identified and the offending club is subjected to a form of disciplinary method and is penalised.

The innocent, shedding club has no points from a match in which the opposition fielded a participant who should really not have been on the pitch in the very first area.  Should the match be replayed?

This problem performs out practically each individual period[2]. Finally just about every circumstance is simple fact-certain and the remedy depends on the distinct level of competition rules relevant to the match played.

In follow what this indicates is that, whilst fielding an ineligible or suspended participant in just one levels of competition may well direct to a replay, in other individuals it will not.  This short article looks at the techniques taken in FIFA, UEFA and The FA’s competitions, and then sets out basic direction about when, and in what situations, a replay possibly will and will not be requested.

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Grahame Anderson

Grahame Anderson

Grahame is a barrister at Littleton Chambers and a member of Littleton’s Sporting activities Regulation Team.  In addition to sports activities regulation, he specialises in work and business function.