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Personal hearing for a match 3 months ago...

#1
I've just received an email saying both clubs are requesting a personal hearing after a mass confrontation that happened in January!

Let's be honest my account of the series of events are pretty patchy now. I've slept since then!

It was pretty simple...
Player lunged in - opposition manager came onto the pitch... Resulted in hand bags.

After about 1 min of faffing about, and a few reds later, we finished the remaining 90 seconds of the game.

This will be my first hearing, what will happen?

Is this the clubs way of getting out of the fine?
 
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#2
Did you have to put a report in? If so, go over it, make sure you're clear about exactly what happened. Nothing to worry about - stick to the facts and you'll be fine. Club is no doubt trying to wriggle out of it, but you just say what you saw and gave (based in law) and let the panel do the rest.
 

RustyRef

Administrator
Staff member
#5
Your report(s) will be read out and you'll be asked if you have anything to add, the answer must be no. The clubs will then be able to ask questions of you, via the commission chair not directly, just answer them truthfully and make sure it is consistent with your report. They may well call witnesses to try and support their case, although they often contradict themselves and make things worse.

Don't worry and remember that you are not on trial, they are.
 
#7
I asked them what is was for.
Both teams are disputing the mass confrontation.
Then one team is disputing a second caution.

I don't get why the local fa are entertaining it? 16+ players and a manager all kicking off? Their statements will be interesting...
 
#8
I agree with the others, particularly given the time that's passed since the incident, you're best not to try and add anything to the report. Anything you do add will had missing details thanks to the fact it happened 3 months ago, and the teams will pick on those details to try and discredit you. Much better to stick to what you wrote at the time.
 

lincs22

Supply League Observer
Staff member
Observer/Tutor
#10
I asked them what is was for.
Both teams are disputing the mass confrontation.
Then one team is disputing a second caution.

I don't get why the local fa are entertaining it? 16+ players and a manager all kicking off? Their statements will be interesting...
As others have said, you are a witness not on trial. Answer the questions from the Chairman, repeat that everything is in your report. A good Chairman will stop the players/manager asking you irrelevant questions.

If you are concerned, ask somebody to come with you - it is allowed. And get them to drive, you could be so wound up by the hearing you may not concentrate properly on driving home.
 
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