GAA Rules on Suspension

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GAA Rules on Suspension

Published on March 25, 2014 with

Arising from rule changes at the recent GAA Congress, some new rules on Suspensions came into effect on 22 March as outlined in the attached summary document.
In addition, Parts 1 and 2 of the GAA Official Guide are available on gaa.ie 

GAA RULES ON SUSPENSIONS

 

Rule 7.2(b) – Misconduct at Games by Players/Rule 7.5 – Suspensions

 

The following is a guide to the above Rules, which came into effect on March 22nd, as these relate to Players at Club Level.

 

(1)                    Category I

Fixed Penalty on second Repeat Infraction (i.e. a third ordering-off) within 48 weeks – a One Match Suspension in the same Code and Level (Club), applicable to the next game in the Competition in which the third ordering – off occurred, even if that game occurs in the following year’s Competition.

 

(2)                    Category II

No change.   No after-game penalty at Club level.

 

(3)                    Categories III and IV

 

  • A minimum One/Two/Three Match Suspension replaces the minimum One/Two/Three Months suspension.

 

  • A Match Suspension is Code and Level (Club) specific.

 

  • The Match Suspension applies to the next game(s) in the same Competition in which the Infraction/Repeat Infraction occurs e.g. a player ordered off in a Championship game misses the next game(s) in that Championship; a player ordered off in a League game misses the next game(s) in that League.

 

  • Match Suspensions may extend to the following year’s Competition (i.e. not confined to calendar year).

 

  • Gravity of Infraction shall be taken into account when determining a Match Suspension and more than the minimum Match Suspension shall be proposed/imposed where appropriate.

 

(4)                      Categories V and VI (involving Infractions concerning Match Officials) No change.   Time Suspensions apply.

 

(5)         Suspension of Juveniles (participating in Under 16 and younger      competitions)

Adult Match Suspensions for Categories 1, 111 and 1V apply. In Categories V and V1 – half the minimum Adult Suspensions apply.

 

 

(6)          Alternative Penalty to non-applicable Match Suspensions

Where a Match Suspension arising from Rules 7.2(b) or 7.5(h) cannot be applied in full or in part on a player in the specified Competition, arising from such (non exhaustive) circumstances as:

(i)                  A player exiting an Under-Age Grade

(ii)        A Promotion/Relegation Play-Off – having been completed or an inadequate number of games to be played.

(ii)                A Tournament – having been completed or inadequate number of games to be played

(iii)              A Challenge Game.

 

– a two weeks Suspension for each non-applicable One Match Suspension shall be proposed/imposed in the same Code and at the same Level.

 

In the case of a player exiting a Level (e.g. Second Level Schools, Third Level Colleges), the Committee-in-Charge shall refer the case to the relevant Competitions Control Committee at County Committee, Provincial Council or Central Council levels for adjudication .  A two weeks Suspension for each non-applicable Match Suspension shall be proposed/imposed at Club level.

 

(7)          Match Suspensions – When Operative

  • Where a Match Suspension (or Alternative Penalty when a Match Suspension is    non-applicable) is specified for a particular Infraction, it shall be operative immediately on the player being ordered off.
  • Where a player is reported by the Referee as having committed a Category 111 or IV Infraction after the conclusion of the game, the Match Suspension (or Alternative Penalty when a Match Suspension is non- applicable) shall be operative immediately, subject to his being notified in writing forthwith of the report having been made.

(8)          Infractions Predating March 22nd

  • Infractions committed before March 22nd 2014 shall be penalised as per Rule existing prior to that date, even when a case is processed/finalised after that date.
  • Where the new Rule introduces a new element of penalty – only Infractions that occur on or after March 22nd 2014 shall be taken into account in the determination of a penalty to be proposed/imposed.

 

Accordingly, Categories 1, 111 and 1V Infractions committed prior to March 22nd 2014 shall not be taken into account in considering a Penalty for a Repeat Infraction.