Protests, Disputes and Complaints
HOW PROTEST IS LODGED
15.1 Every protest, dispute or complaint must be made in writing, and must contain the particulars of the grounds upon which it is founded. Two (2) copies of the protest or notification of intention to protest must be lodged with the Chief Executive Officer, accompanied by a protest fee as specified in the schedule of fees. All or part of the fee may be forfeited to The Association in the event of the protest not being sustained, and the remainder, if any, will be refunded.
PERSONS ENGAGED IN DISPUTE MAY HAVE TO PAY COST
15.2 The Disciplinary Committee may order any person or Body engaged in a dispute or protest to pay such sum as may be considered necessary towards defraying the expenses incurred.
PROTEST RELATING TO GROUNDS, POSTS ETC.
15.3 Any protest relating to the ground, goal posts or bars, or other appurtenances of the game, shall not be entertained by the Disciplinary Committee unless an objection has been lodged with the referee before the commencement of the match. The referee shall require the responsible team and/or its officials to correct the cause of objection, if this is possible without unduly delaying the progress of the match.
PROTESTS MUST FOLLOW OBJECTION TO REFEREE
15.4 When an objection has been lodged with the referee, a protest must be made to The Association, and neither objection nor protest shall be withdrawn, except by leave of the Executive.
COPIES TO BE SENT TO OTHER PARTY
15.5 The Chief Executive Officer shall send a copy of the protest and particulars to the Body protested against.
CASE MAY BE SUPPORTED BY WITNESSES
15.6 Each party to the dispute may support its case by witnesses.
Disciplinary Procedure: Rule 14
DEFENDANTS ENTITLED TO FULL DETAILS
14.1 Any person or Body summoned to appear before a Disciplinary Committee shall be entitled on application to the Association concerned, to be furnished with full details and particulars of the charges to be put, prior to the hearing.
THE PERSON CHARGED SHALL ATTEND THE HEARING
14.2 The person or Body charged shall attend such Hearing and give the Committee oral evidence of the facts of the charge and shall answer any questions they may ask by way of cross-examination and shall produce any books or papers they consider necessary.
DEFENDANT MAY GIVE EVIDENCE
14.3 The person or Body charged shall have the right to give and call evidence in rebuttal of the charge and shall have the right to cross-examine any witnesses who give evidence in support of such charge.
ACTION OF DEFENDANT FAILS TO APPEAR
14.4 If the person or Body charged shall fail to attend the Hearing after having bee properly notified, or shall refuse to answer any questions asked by the Committee or neglect to produce any necessary books and papers without good and sufficient reason, then the Committee may investigate and adjudicate upon the charge or allegation in such a manner and upon such evidence as they deem expedient.