Football Association (FA)

Professional representation in the course of disciplinary proceedings before the Football Association (FA) in England is a vital aspect of the game of football.

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The FA is the governing body of football in England and is responsible for ensuring that the game is played fairly within the rules. The FA has established a disciplinary system that deals with any breaches of these rules.

An alleged breach may be reported by a match official, a club or an individual. The disciplinary department will then investigate the matter and decide whether or not to take action against the alleged offender.

If the FA decides to take action, the case is referred to an independent disciplinary commission. The commission is made up of individuals with legal or football experience who are independent of the FA. The commission will then hold a hearing to determine whether or not the alleged offender is guilty of the accusations brought against them.

Professional disciplinary representation is crucial for those involved in the hearing process, which can be complex and requires a detailed understanding of the relevant rules and regulations. It is essential that individuals obtain legal representation to ensure that they go through a fair hearing and that their rights are protected.

The repercussions of adverse sanctions are serious. Players and managers may face lengthy bans or fines if found guilty of breaching the rules. Professional representation can mitigate the damage caused by such sanctions and can ensure that any punishment handed down is minimised and is proportionate to the offence committed.

In addition to representing individuals at disciplinary hearings, legal representatives can also provide advice and support throughout the process such as how to respond to charges, what to expect during a hearing and which pieces of evidence to prepare.

Professional representation can protect an individual’s reputation. Allegations of misconduct can have a significant impact on a player’s or manager’s career, and it is essential that any allegations are dealt with swiftly and effectively. Richardson Lissack can help to ensure that any allegations are properly investigated and that any findings are based on solid evidence.

The disciplinary process can be complex and requires a detailed understanding of the relevant rules and regulations. Our defence team draws on their expertise to defend your case so that your rights are protected.

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How Richardson Lissack can help

Our lawyers are available to provide legal advice and representation in your Football Association disciplinary proceedings.

Contact London 020 3753 5352 or Manchester 0161 834 7284. Alternatively you can email info@richardsonlissack.co.uk

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Ben Richardson
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Ben Richardson

“The professionalism throughout was exemplary, I felt I was always able to make contact and receive feedback from the start to the end of the process. Ben was a much needed calming influence throughout.”

Anthony Smith
Director
Anthony Smith

“I would like to say the service from Anthony was excellent. Whilst I see people, including my co-defendants getting frustrated with their legal team (ie. not being able to contact them and not getting questions answered), I have had a great service and was always satisfied from start to finish.”

Tim Thomas
Director
Tim Thomas

“From the day we appointed Tim and his team, the communication with us was outstanding, always at the end of the phone or email, more than often outside office hours, with a fantastic level of knowledge.”

“I recently had the privilege of working with Stephen who went above and beyond to handle my legal matters with utmost professionalism and expertise. It was clear that Stephen was not only knowledgeable in his field, but also genuinely invested in achieving the best possible outcome for me. Thanks to his dedication and tireless efforts, I felt supported and confident every step of the way. ”

Kim Nihill
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Kim Nihill

“Kim’s always gone the extra distance in times of need and always been ever so easy to talk especially in times of stress. Kim’s very thorough and diligent in her work who’s judgement and opinion I’ll always trust. Kim’s always been readily available and if not - very prompt in getting back to me. I’ve recommended Kim to friends over the years and they’ve always thanked me in doing so as she’s provided them with the same level of care and attention. It’s been very reassuring having Kim in my corner.”

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