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2011 11 27 Retrieve

[English FA on Gary Speed’s death] It is with great sadness that The FA has learned of the passing of Gary Speed. The thoughts of everybody at The FA are with his family and friends at this time. Gary had many friends at The FA, who are truly saddened by this news

2017 09 20 Retrieve

[Shamed non-league player Alfie Barker charged by the FA over sickening tweets to Bournemouth’s Harry Arter] It is alleged the player posted comments which were abusive and/or insulting and/or improper and/or brought the game into disrepute contrary to Rule E3 (1)

2019 07 31 Retrieve

[FA confirm wsl cancellation likely] Following an assessment of the protocols required to return to football and feedback from clubs, which is crucial to any decision-making process, it is clear that there will be significant challenges in completing the 2019-20 season.

We’re continuing to consult with the clubs on the possibility of terminating the 2019-20 season and, in the event it is decided that this appears to be the only realistic way forward, to seek views on the most appropriate sporting outcome for the season.

This includes identifying entries for the 2020-21 UEFA Women’s Champions League, which would be based on sporting merit from the 2019-20 Barclays FA Women’s Super League season.

2019 08 09 Retrieve

[Huddersfield Town charged with misconduct following Paddy Power fake kit stunt] Huddersfield Town FC has been charged with misconduct in relation to The FA’s Kit and Advertising Regulations. It is alleged that playing kit worn by its first team during a pre-season friendly against Rochdale AFC on 17 July 2019 was in breach of FA Regulation C.2(i). The club has until 16 August 2019 to provide a response

2019 09 27 Retrieve

[Peter Beardsley was found guilty of calling one player a monkey, making a joke about black players climbing trees and questioning their age] We are satisfied that Mr Beardlsey is not a racist in the sense of being ill-disposed to persons on grounds of their race or ethnicity

2019 10 11 Retrieve

[FA have now released a statement confirming Elliott’s punishment which will see him unable to play domestic football until October 24] Harvey Elliott has been suspended from playing in all domestic club football for a period of 14 days, running up to and including 24 October 2019, after admitting a breach of FA Rule E3 in relation to a video posted on social media and providing a public apology.

Language and/or behaviour in the video breached FA Rule E3(1), as it was abusive and/or insulting, and constituted an ‘Aggravated Breach’, which is defined in FA Rule E3(2), as it included reference to a disability

The Liverpool FC winger must also complete a face-to-face education course and pay a £350 fine

2019 11 13 Retrieve

[Manchester City midfielder Bernardo Silva has been handed a one-game ban over a tweet he sent about teammate Benjamin Mendy] The Manchester City midfielder’s social media activity on September 22, 2019 breached FA Rule E3(1), as it was insulting and/or improper and/or brought the game into disrepute, and constituted an ‘aggravated breach’, which is defined in FA Rule E3(2), as it included reference, whether expressed or implied, to race and/or colour and/or ethnic origin

The player did not himself intend the post to be insulting or in any way racist. It is clear that the tweet was intended to be no more than a joke between close friends. However, this was not a private communication between two friends. The post was on a social media platform exposed to the 600,000 followers of a high-profile and well-respected professional footballer.

Many persons viewing the imagery depicted in the tweet would have taken offence to the content as being insulting by reference to race, colour and ethnic origin in a way that unquestionably brings the game of football into disrepute

2020 03 11 Retrieve

[Man City vs Arsenal postponed over coronavirus fears] Tonight’s Premier League match between Manchester City and Arsenal has been postponed as a precautionary measure following the announcement on Tuesday that Evangelos Marinakis has contracted COVID-19

Thirteen days ago, Olympiacos played Arsenal at Emirates Stadium in the UEFA Europa League and Mr Marinakis, the Greek club’s owner, met with several Arsenal squad members and staff

Following medical advice, Arsenal FC and Manchester City FC consider it is necessary to postpone their fixture due to be played this evening, Wednesday 11 March, to give time to fully assess the situation

The Premier League has therefore agreed that tonight’s match will be rearranged. We understand this will cause inconvenience and cost to fans planning to attend the game but Arsenal, Manchester City and the Premier League have agreed that the short notice of Mr Marinakis’ infection means there is no alternative but to take the time to complete a proper assessment of risk. All necessary measures are being taken and the Premier League currently has no plans to postpone any other matches.

Following yesterday’s news that Olympiacos owner Evangelos Marinakis has recently contracted Covid-19, we have been taking medical advice and tracing any individuals who had what the guidelines define as close contact with him at the game 13 days ago.

As a result of this exercise we identified that a number of players met the Olympiacos owner immediately following the game.

The medical advice we have received puts the risk of them developing Covid-19 at extremely low. However, we are strictly following the Government guidelines which recommend that anyone coming into close contact with someone with the virus should self-isolate at home for 14 days from the last time they had contact.

As a result, the players are unavailable for tonight’s match against Manchester City and the Premier League has decided the game should be postponed

The players will remain at their homes until the 14-day period expires. Four Arsenal staff, who were sitting close to Mr Marinakis during the match will also remain at home until the 14 days are complete

We fully understand how disappointing this is for our supporters, in particular those who were travelling to Manchester for tonight’s match. Tickets will be valid for the match when it’s rearranged

As a further precautionary measure, whilst we do not believe there was any close contact with any other Arsenal guests or staff in the directors box restaurant, we are contacting them to advise they should follow the relevant advice if there has been any such contact

Everyone at Arsenal Football Club wishes Mr Marinakis a swift recovery and we look forward to the players and staff returning to work on Friday in preparation for our match at Brighton.

2020 04 18 Retrieve

[Premier League clubs and league authorities met on Friday, though, and reiterated their desire to finish the season] It remains our objective to complete the 2019/20 season but at this stage all dates are tentative while the impact of Covid-19 develops

2020 04 20 Retrieve

[The Premier League remains on hiatus] It remains our objective to complete the 2019/20 season but at this stage, all dates are tentative while the impact of Covid-19 develops

2020 04 21 Retrieve

[The Premier League remains on hiatus] It remains our objective to complete the 2019/20 season but at this stage all dates are tentative while the impact of Covid-19 develops

2020 04 30 Retrieve

[Revealed: The protocols for the Premier League’s June 8 ‘Project Restart’] This protocol will require the consent of all stakeholders and the agreement of clubs. No club shall permit or facilitate group training at its training ground before the date on which such activity is permitted by the government (‘Training Return Date’). Any such group training after the Training Return Date must be strictly in accordance with these rules. Training will initially recommence in the form of small group training and progress to team training over a time period mandated by the League on advice from the United Kingdom government

2020 05 01 Retrieve

[Trippier charged for alleged breach of betting rules] Kieran Trippier has been charged with misconduct in relation to alleged breaches of the FA’s Betting Rules, specifically in relation to Rule E8(1)(a)(ii) and Rule E8(1)(b), during the period of July 2019. He has until 18 May 2020 to provide a response.

2020 05 02 Retrieve

[It appears that the EPL will be concluded against all odds] At a meeting of Premier League Shareholders today, clubs discussed possible steps towards planning to resume the 2019/20 season, when it is safe and appropriate to do so.

It was reiterated that the thoughts of all are with those directly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Furthermore, the Premier League’s priority is the health and safety of players, coaches, managers, club staff, supporters and the wider community.

The League and clubs are considering the first tentative moves forward and will only return to training and playing with Government guidance, under expert medical advice and after consultation with players and managers.

The League welcomed the creation of the Government medical working group for a return of elite sport, which met for the first time this morning.

No decisions were taken at today’s Shareholders’ meeting and clubs exchanged views on the information provided regarding ‘Project Restart’

2020 05 13 Retrieve

[FA legal case against FIFA over Chelsea transfer ban to be heard in June] The FA has cooperated fully with FIFA’s investigation. As this is an ongoing legal process it would not be appropriate to comment further at this time

2020 05 25 Retrieve

[Women’s Super League abandoned due to coronavirus with season to be decided on ‘sporting merit’] The FA Women’s Super League and Women’s Championship Board has today confirmed the decision to end the 2019/20 season, with immediate effect. Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, the board has been in regular consultation with clubs and key stakeholders from across both leagues to identify the most suitable and appropriate way to conclude the 2019/20 season, and to give clubs and players the clarity and support they need at this time. Following overwhelming feedback from the clubs, the decision to bring an end to the 2019/20 season was made in the best interest of the women’s game. This will also enable clubs, the board and the FA to plan, prepare and focus on next season when football returns for the 2020/21 campaign. Supporting the welfare of the clubs and players will continue to be our primary concern throughout this process, which also involved a robust and thorough examination of the logistical, operational and financial challenges that the game currently faces. The board has discussed various recommendations which will be sent to the FA to determine the most appropriate sporting outcome for the 2019/20 season. This will include identifying the entries for the 2020/21 UEFA Women’s Champions League, which would be based on sporting merit from the 2019/20 WSL season. We are not in a position to comment further until the FA board has had sufficient time to consider all of the recommendations and options.

2020 06 02 Retrieve

[FA promise ‘common sense approach’ to players taking a knee in Premier League matches] The FA strongly condemns discrimination of any kind and has endeavoured to ensure football in England is both diverse and inclusive in recent years. Where any behaviours or gestures on the pitch that may constitute a breach of the Laws of the Game have to be assessed, they would be reviewed on a case-by-case basis with a common sense approach and understanding of their context. The power of football can break down barriers across communities and we remain deeply committed to removing all forms of discrimination from across the game we all love

2020 06 03 Retrieve

[Premier League clubs have joined the calls for an end to racism] The FA strongly condemns discrimination of any kind and has endeavoured to ensure football in England is both diverse and inclusive in recent years. Where any behaviours or gestures on the pitch that may constitute a breach of the Laws of the Game have to be assessed, they would be reviewed on a case-by-case basis with a common sense approach and understanding of their context. The power of football can break down barriers across communities and we remain deeply committed to removing all forms of discrimination from across the game we all love

2020 06 11 Retrieve

[Tottenham midfielder Alli banned for Man Utd clash after mocking coronavirus in social media video] Dele Alli has been suspended for one match with immediate effect, fined £50,000 and must undertake an education course following a breach of FA Rule E3. The Tottenham Hotspur player denied that a social media post breached FA Rule E3(1), as it was insulting and/or improper and/or brought the game into disrepute, and constituted an ‘Aggravated Breach’, which is defined in FA Rule E3(2), as it included a reference, whether express or implied, to race and/or colour and/or ethnic origin and/or nationality. However, it was subsequently found proven by an independent Regulatory Commission.

It was not the FA’s case that Dele Alli was a racist. The FA’s case was that ‘without sufficient thought’, the player shared a video that depicted an ‘unacceptable racist stereotype’ in a misguided attempt at humour

He was selected, argued the FA for his appearance and not because there had been any coughing. That ‘targeting’ was said to be consistent with a racial stereotyping of persons of Asian appearance being connected with coronavirus

2020 06 22 Retrieve

[Arsenal midfielder Guendouzi escapes punishment despite grabbing Brighton’s Maupay by the throat] Matteo Guendouzi’s conduct during this incident was not seen by the match officials at the time, but it was subsequently reviewed by the VAR, so he will face no further action

2020 07 01 Retrieve

[Swansea City and Luton Town charged by FA for fracas] Both Swansea City FC and Luton Town FC have been charged with a breach of FA Rule E20 following their fixture in the EFL Championship on Saturday (27/06/2020). It is alleged that they failed to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion during the 83rd minute of the fixture

2020 07 07 Retrieve

[FA to support any player who wishes to take knee as anti-racism message ahead of FA Cup final] We’re going to really use the final as a moment to promote good, positive mental health for everyone. It’s quite timely bearing in mind what we’ve all been through with this pandemic. I think there’s going to be, sadly, a lot of repercussions from this in society, not just in football, in terms of people’s mental health. Hopefully the FA Cup can be a bit of a pivot that people can rally around

2020 07 09 Retrieve

[Adebayo Akinfenwa says he was called a ‘Fat Water Buffalo’ during play-off match] We have been made aware of the allegations and will be investigating the matter

2020 07 09b Retrieve

[FA says competitive grassroots football set for new season return] We welcome the announcement and publication of the Government’s return to recreational sport framework today, which means we can look forward to the safe return of competitive grassroots football

We are now working to submit a comprehensive action plan and related guidance for Government approval as outlined in DCMS’s publication. Once approved, we will publish new guidance for the grassroots football community. We will confirm timings as soon as we are able

In the meantime, competitive grassroots football can prepare to return and look forward to the start of the new season

Please continue to refer to the latest guidance documents for adult players, coaches, facility operators, parents and carers involved in restarting grassroots football activity - which came into effect from 4 July - until a further update is provided, in addition to the latest Government guidance on COVID-19

Please also note that guidance is being developed for clubs with teams competing in the National League System (NLS) and will be shared with those clubs directly in due course

2020 07 14 Retrieve

[Women’s Super League: One positive coronavirus test in first round of testing] To ensure transparency, The FA will continue to release results each week across both the Barclays FA Women’s Super League and FA Women’s Championship. At no point will specific details relating to any club, player or staff member be communicated by The FA

2020 07 16 Retrieve

[National League play-off plans ratified - games to begin on July 17] The FA Council has ratified both the National League’s proposal on concluding the 2019-20 season at Steps 1 and 2 of the National League System [NLS] and the required amendments to the NLS Regulations and Standardised Rules for it to become effective. The ratification follows a recommendation from our Alliance Leagues Committee and allows the National League to: rank clubs on a points per game basis; apply the automatic promotion and relegation based on the position of clubs on that basis; and proceed with play-off matches in accordance with the Government’s return to domestic competition guidance