Belfast Telegraph

FA reviewing disciplinary procedures amid reports it could be outsourced

The Football Association says it is constantly reviewing disciplinary processes amid a report that it is considering appointing an external agency to handle all player and manager misconduct charges.

The Times said on Friday that the FA was considering outsourcing the handling of these disciplinary matters and was leaning towards the disbandment of the three-man independent regulatory commission which currently rules on such issues.

It is understood the FA is looking at its disciplinary procedures but that this is an ongoing process rather than a new development.

The status of the commissions has been questioned in some quarters owing to the overwhelming majority of misconduct charges being upheld.

Recently Stoke manager Mark Hughes decided not to contest an improper conduct charge after he was sent to the stands during his side's 4-0 loss at home to Tottenham on September 10.

He said: "I didn't think I'd win (an appeal). I think the FA has something like a 98 per cent strike rate. I would rather give the money to my grandchildren."

From the start of the 2013-14 season the FA broadened its scope to punish foul play retrospectively and act on incidents which the match officials were not in a position to "fully assess".

Two years ago, a 'fast-track' system was introduced, which meant charges relating to incidents which happened off the pitch would he heard by an independent regulatory commission within three days, bringing them in line with those taking place on the field.

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