2.2.1. Disciplinary And Sanctions

Disciplinary and Sanctioning

All disciplinary action should be fairly negotiated

Players, just like any other citizens, should be held accountable for their actions – however any disciplinary measures should be collectively bargained, to ensure players are fairly treated. Any disputes about punishments in football (such as red cards appeals) tend to be determined within the industry itself – with little regard for the regulations of general society. Currently, many of the disciplinary rules that are imposed by sports governing bodies miss this legitimacy; they have been unilaterally imposed which can lead to inappropriate sanctionable offenses and disproportionate sanctions. One can question on what basis sports governing bodies can impose rules on players without giving them a democratic role in the rule-making process.

What you should know

These decisions can impact a player’s career

With this in mind, governing bodies (such as FIFA) should have to follow a proper judicial process to ensure that all repercussions of punishments have been fairly considered (loss of earnings, reputations, etc.)

All sanctions must be fair and proportionate to the perceived offence

Once decisions of this kind have been made, players must also have access to a proper appeals process where appropriate

All disciplinary rules and sanctions should be negotiated either with FIFPRO or domestic player associations

This is the only way to ensure that player’s lives are not unfairly disrupted, and that any punishments are justified and considered within the necessary context.

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