Cost of an appeal increases seven fold
Tuesday 12th May 2015
Clubs should be made aware of the following before the season goes any further.
The L&DCC Management Committee has a habit of pushing rules in through the back door without having clubs' approval and the following is such an example.
Up until this season, an appeal against a disciplinary decision was subject to the payment of a £50 deposit which was returnable on the appeal being successful.
That sum has now been increased SEVEN fold to:
'£250 for each club and £100 for each other participant exercising their right of appeal . . . . the amount will be refunded in the event of such appeal being successful.'
In addition to the above:
'The travelling expenses of the three members of the Appeal panel plus those of any others called to give evidence will be the responsibility of the player's club. The L&DCC will pay these expenses if the appeal finds in favour of the player.'
This increase will mean that a club must pay at least £350 before an appeal can take place and then added to that will be the panel's travelling expenses.
This is an attempt to deny a club or player the chance of an appeal and thereby denying them their human rights.
Had last years' suspensions all gone to appeal and been charged this season's rates, the L&DCC would have raised in excess of £7000.
Not all the clubs will be able to afford to pay the increased sum and will have no option but to accept a player's suspension even though they may be completely innocent of any charge against them.
It is yet another money making racket by an incompetent Management Committee.
re: Rules and Regulations handbook, page 55, section 5.3 and page 56, section 5.10.
Disciplinary Regulations 2015