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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 24 Retrieve

[Everton defender Yerry Mina has been charged with misconduct by the Football Association for a violation of the organisation’s betting regulations] Everton FC’s Yerry Mina has been charged with misconduct in relation to the FA’s Betting rules. It is alleged that the defender breached FA Rule E8 (3) by participating in an advertisement for betting activity which he is prohibited from engaging in. He has until Friday (26/07/2019) to provide a response

[The rule Mina is alleged to have broken says] An individual participant, when acting in a personal capacity, shall not be permitted to advertise or promote any betting activity that the participant is prohibited from engaging in by Rule E8(1) or E8(2)

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 08 20b Retrieve

[Is invading a football pitch against the law? The Football (Offences) Act 1991 states] It is an offence for a person at a designated football match to go onto the playing area, or any area adjacent to the playing area to which spectators are not generally admitted, without lawful authority or lawful excuse (which shall be for him to prove)

[Meanwhile, courts will very likely give convicted offenders a football banning order] The court must make a football banning order where an offender has been convicted of a relevant offence and it is satisfied that there are reasonable grounds to believe that making a banning order would help to prevent violence or disorder (Football Spectators Act 1989, s.14A). The order requires the offender to report to a police station within five days, may require the offender to surrender his or her passport, and may impose requirements on the offender in relation to any regulated football matches

2019 08 24 Retrieve

[Bury FC given short-term lifeline as EFL grants extension for takeover of League One club] The Board has fully considered the information that has been made available by C&N Sporting Risk and whilst no formal sale has been completed, despite reports to the contrary, enough credible information was presented to allow the Board to agree to work exclusively with the Club and C&N Sporting Risk over this Bank Holiday weekend in an attempt to finalise the change of control and achieve a positive outcome for Bury FC.

The League cannot be in a position whereby any more of the club’s fixtures will be suspended due to the integrity of the competition, the impact on other clubs in the League and therefore has stated that matters must be concluded by 5pm on Tuesday. If in the event a successful outcome is not achieved by this point, then Bury FC’s share in the EFL will be withdrawn and its membership in the League will come to an end

2019 08 26 Retrieve

[Bolton Wanderers face liquidation this week unless a deal to buy the club can be resurrected by 17:00 BST on Tuesday] The EFL have made their position clear by insisting on a 17:00 BST deadline on Tuesday for a deal to be completed or give compelling reasons for an extension. They have also written to everybody concerned in the process to underline that sense of urgency. On Sunday evening, there was some tentative dialogue, but we are still some way from reaching a solution. Therefore, I am appealing to those parties whose position seems intractable to do everything to reach a compromise.

In just over 24 hours, the club will have its membership of the EFL revoked. Over and above that, the club is currently not in a position to carry on trading and, as such, the process of closing down the company will commence on Wednesday. This will ultimately lead to its liquidation, the expulsion of the club from the EFL and the inevitable loss of over 150 jobs. More than that, it will devastate a community for whom the football club is a beacon of hope and expectation

2019 08 27 Retrieve

[Bury FC on the brink after potential buyer pulls out. C&N Sporting Risk have now pulled out of the deal following a period of due diligence] The EFL board has been informed that C&N Sporting Risk will no longer be pursuing their interest in Bury. The league announced at the weekend that it was working exclusively with the club and C&N in an attempt to finalise a change of control at the club. However, following a period of due diligence, C&N have opted not to progress matters. The league continues to be in discussions with Bury in advance of today’s 5pm deadline and will provide a further update as appropriate

2019 08 28 Retrieve

[Bury FC expelled from Football League after collapse of takeover deal] Today is undoubtedly one of the darkest days in the League’s recent history. The EFL has worked determinedly and tirelessly to avoid this outcome and it is with a heavy heart that this situation has been forced upon us. No one wanted to be in this position but following repeated missed deadlines, the suspension of five League fixtures, in addition to not receiving the evidence we required in regard to financial commitments and a possible takeover not materialising; the EFL Board has been forced to take the most difficult of decisions

[Meanwhile another League One side, Bolton Wanderers, are set to experience a similar fate as Bury should they not solve their financial crisis in the next 14 days] Despite repeated assurances, we are extremely disappointed that we are still not in a position to reach a successful resolution with the sale of Bolton Wanderers and have therefore taken the decision to lift the suspension on the notice of withdrawal. I again urge all parties to finalise the proposed takeover. The reality of this action is that there are now 14 days to secure the Club’s long-term future, and I sincerely hope we can find a way through these challenging circumstances for the benefit of all those who have an association with the Club

2019 09 24 Retrieve

[English top-flight’s governing body is currently in talks with Twitter over what can be done to stop the hateful speech to be displayed on the social media platform] The Premier League, EFL and FA met Twitter today [Friday] with respect to the ongoing concerns surrounding discriminatory and hateful conduct taking place on the platform. The meeting was productive and positive, and gave both the football authorities and Twitter an opportunity to examine some of the specific issues around this unacceptable behaviour both online and offline. All parties agreed to take these constructive discussions forward

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 04 Retrieve

[Bernardo Silva has until October 9 to respond to the FA’s charge] Bernardo Silva has been charged with misconduct for a breach of FA Rule E3 in relation to a social media post on 22 September 2019. It is alleged that the Manchester City player’s activity breaches FA Rule E3(1) as it was insulting and/or improper and/or brought the game into disrepute. It is further alleged that the activity constitutes 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

2019 10 07 Retrieve

[After seeing his ranks depleted, Boothroyd has called upon Swansea duo Sam Sturridge and Ben Wilmot] Both Surridge and Wilmot are currently on loan at the Liberty Stadium from Bournemouth and Watford respectively. For striker Surridge, it’s a first England call-up at any level while defender Wilmot was involved in last month’s squad as the Young Lions started their new U21 Euro qualifying campaign with victories over Turkey and Kosovo. The U21s squad will train at St. George’s Park until Thursday when they head to Maribor for Friday’s game with Slovenia. It’s then back to Milton Keynes for their next qualifying game with Austria at stadiummk

2019 10 07b Retrieve

[How to apply for Euro 2020 tickets] Subject to qualification, we will receive an allocation of tickets to all England matches for members of the official England Supporters Travel Club. These tickets will only be made available to members of the Travel Club and will not be offered to the general public

2019 10 10 Retrieve

[Maddison made to wait for England debut as illness forces Leicester star out of Southgate’s squad] James Maddison has withdrawn from the England squad through illness. There will be no replacement called up for the Leicester City player and a 23-man squad will travel to Prague on Thursday ahead of the Three Lions’ UEFA EURO 2020 qualifiers against Czech Republic and Bulgaria

2019 10 11 Retrieve

[FA have now released a statement confirming Harvey 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 10 14 Retrieve

[FA requests ‘urgent’ UEFA investigation into Bulgaria racism after abuse mars England’s Euro 2020 qualifying win] We can confirm that England players were subjected to abhorrent racist chanting while playing in the Euro 2020 qualifier against Bulgaria. This is unacceptable at any level of the game and our immediate focus is supporting the players and staff involved. As we are sadly aware, this is not the first time our players have been subjected to this level of abuse and there is no place for this kind of behaviour in society, let alone in football. We will be asking UEFA to investigate as a matter of urgency

2019 10 15 Retrieve

[Bulgaria charged with racism and Nazi salutes as UEFA open disciplinary proceedings into England clash] Disciplinary proceedings have been opened following the UEFA European Qualifiers match between Bulgaria and England (0-6), played on 14 October. The case will be dealt with by the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body with the date of the meeting yet to be confirmed

2019 10 29 Retrieve

[The Football Association (FA) also addressed UEFA’s ruling and reiterated a call to stamp out racism] We sincerely hope the disgraceful scenes in Sofia are never repeated. Our priority remains our players, support team and fans and we will do all we can to ensure they never have to endure such circumstances again. While we acknowledge UEFA’s ruling, a huge challenge still exists around racism and discrimination in society. Football has its part to play, and must do so, but it is for all to recognise the seriousness of the problem.

While those responsible for such deplorable behaviour at home or abroad need to be held to account, we should not lose sight of the importance of education programmes in finding a long-term solution. That has to be the way forward to help address the root cause of such disgusting behaviour. We are ready to build on our work with UEFA, Kick It Out and the FARE network in any positive way we can

2019 11 03 Retrieve

[Explained: Why Welsh teams such as Swansea and Cardiff City play in the ‘English’ Premier League] All matters where the penalty can include sporting sanctions will be dealt with by the [English] FA, including doping and off-the-field issues

2019 11 05 Retrieve

[Tottenham’s Son Heung-min has seen his red card against Everton overturned] Heung-min Son will be available for Tottenham Hotspur FC’s next three domestic fixtures after an independent Regulatory Commission upheld a claim of wrongful dismissal. The forward was sent off for serious foul play during the Premier League fixture against Everton FC on Sunday 3 November 2019

2019 11 13 Retrieve

[Everton midfielder Fabian Delph withdraws from England squad with hamstring injury] The midfielder arrived at St. George’s Park with an injury but it was hoped he would be available to play a part in the Three Lions’ forthcoming UEFA Euro 2020 qualifiers. However, it has now been decided that Delph is unlikely to feature and will return to his club for further rehabilitation. No further replacements are planned as England prepare for Thursday night’s fixture against Montenegro – the 1,000th men’s international – and Sunday’s trip to Kosovo

2019 11 13b Retrieve

[Manchester City winger Bernardo Silva has been handed a one-game ban and a £50,000 fine for a tweet aimed at team-mate Benjamin Mendy in September] Bernardo Silva has been suspended for one first team competitive fixture, fined £50,000 and must complete face-to-face education after admitting a breach of FA Rule E3

The Manchester City midfielder’s social media activity on 22 September 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

In reaching its decision the Commission has taken careful account in particular of the following matters, namely that: a) The Player did not have any knowledge of the historical connotations of the Conguitos character. b) His tweet was not intended by him to be either racist or offensive in any way

c) The tweet was promptly deleted by the Player. d) The Player and his Club have taken steps themselves to ensure that the Player has a greater understanding of his responsibilities on social media. e) The Player made an early admission in full cooperation with the disciplinary process. f) The Player has an exemplary character and disciplinary record

2019 11 13c 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

2019 12 08 Retrieve

[Under-7s to Under-16s are allowed to play in either boys’ or girls’ teams, regardless of their birth or affirmed sex] These changes may bring on safety issues that are brought on by a general distinction between males and females in sport due to differing muscle strength caused by testosterone. Due potentially to difference between the sexes, and the fact that oestrogen and testosterone which is often taken as part of an individual’s gender reassignment, can also have physical effects which may lead to competitive advantage

2019 12 22 Retrieve

[The Football Association says it will work with officials to investigate and respond to the incident during Sunday’s clash] We are aware of the incident in the match between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea. We are working with the match officials, the clubs and the relevant authorities to fully establish the facts and take the appropriate steps

2019 12 23 Tweet

[FA investigate Rudiger racism claims] Following the incident in the match between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea on Sunday 22 December, we are working with the match officials, the clubs and the relevant authorities to fully establish the facts and take the appropriate steps

2020 01 11 Retrieve

[After the VAR check, it was determined that the Gabon star’s tackle met the standard of serious foul play and he was given his marching orders] VAR looked at the incident & determined that the point of contact & the intensity of the challenge endangered the safety of the opponent and recommended upgrading the yellow card to a red card for serious foul play

2020 01 21 Retrieve

[Man Utd hit with FA charge after players reacted angrily to Van Dijk foul on De Gea in Liverpool loss] Manchester United FC has been charged with a breach of FA Rule E20(a). It is alleged that the club failed to ensure its players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion during the 26th minute of the Premier League fixture against Liverpool FC on Sunday (19/1/20). Manchester United FC has until Thursday (23/1/20) to provide a response

2020 01 24 Retrieve

[Man Utd fined £20,000 for player conduct after VAR intervention during Liverpool defeat] Manchester United FC has been fined £20,000 after admitting a breach of FA Rule E20 and accepting the standard penalty. The club failed to ensure its players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion during the 26th minute of a Premier League fixture against Liverpool FC on 19 January 2020

2020 01 29 Retrieve

[According to the FA’s Small Sided Football Laws of the Game handbook, the penalty area is described thus] A semi-circle of 6m radius shall be drawn from the centre of each goal line. The extremities of these semi-circles should reach the goal line, barrier or wall regardless of whether or not the goal posts encroach onto the playing area

2020 02 26 Retrieve

[Football Association charges Dele Alli over his controversial coronavirus video] It is alleged that the Tottenham Hotspur midfielder’s post breaches FA Rule E3(1) as it was insulting and/or improper and/or brought the game into disrepute. It is further alleged that the post constitutes 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. He has until Thursday, March 5, 2020 to provide a response

2020 03 02 Retrieve

[Sturridge handed four-month ban for betting breaches after Trabzonspor release] Daniel Sturridge has been suspended from all football and football-related activity from today until the end of June 17, 2020.

Following an appeal by the FA of the previous findings of the independent Regulatory Commission in this case, an independent Appeal Board has found that the Regulatory Commission misapplied the FA’s rules in relation to the use of inside information and made findings of fact which could not be sustained.

As a result, the Appeal Board has found proven two further charges which were originally dismissed. Other factual findings of the Regulatory Commission were left undisturbed.

In relation to the sanction, the Appeal Board agreed with the FA that the penalty originally imposed on Mr Sturridge was unduly lenient and therefore increased his effective playing ban from two weeks to four months. The Appeal Board also doubled the fine to £150,000.

The written reasons in this matter are available below and provide considerable detail in relation to all the charges and the Appeal Board’s determinations of them. As will be clear, the FA takes any form of betting misconduct and the provision of inside information very seriously.

FIFA has confirmed that the suspension will be of worldwide effect

2020 03 02b Retrieve

[Ancelotti hit with FA misconduct charge after angry reaction to VAR-disallowed Everton winner v Man Utd] Carlo Ancelotti has been charged with misconduct for a breach of FA Rule E3. It is alleged that the Everton FC manager’s language and/or behaviour on the field of play at the of the Premier League fixture against Manchester United FC on Sunday 1 March 2020 amounts to improper conduct. He has until Thursday 5 March 2020 to provide a response

A Participant shall at all times act in the best interests of the game and shall not act in any manner which is improper or brings the game into disrepute or use any one, or a combination of, violent conduct, serious foul play, threatening, abusive, indecent or insulting words or behaviour

2020 03 07 Retrieve

[Manchester United’s on-loan goalkeeper Kieran O’Hara has been banned for six matches following an alleged biting incident during Burton Albion’s draw with Peterborough United] An independent regulatory commission has suspended Kieran O’Hara for six matches with immediate effect and fined him £2,500 for a breach of FA Rule E3. The Burton Albion FC goalkeeper denied that his behaviour during the 44th minute of an EFL League One fixture against Peterborough United FC on Saturday 29 February 2020 amounted to violent and/or improper conduct but the charge was subsequently found proven. The independent regulatory commission’s written reasons will be published in due course

2020 03 13 Retrieve

[Coronavirus: Premier League postponed until April 3 at the earliest amid Covid-19 outbreak] The FA, Premier League, EFL and FA Women’s Super League and FA Women’s Championship have collectively agreed to postpone the professional game in England until Friday 3 April at the earliest. This action, which will be kept under constant review, has been taken due to the increasing numbers of clubs taking steps to isolate their players and staff because of the Covid-19 virus. It will also apply to all England team fixtures at every level and all FA competitions including the Emirates FA Cup and the Women’s FA Cup, along with academy and youth-team matches.

The decision is being made purely on the number of cases requiring self-isolation and the impact on facilities. Given the steps being taken across clubs, there is no alternative but for today’s action. However, all parties are committed at this time to trying to complete this season’s domestic fixture programme and are liaising to establish appropriate options to do so.

We are liaising with the National League pyramids (men’s and women’s) and will continue to offer guidance and support. Any decision to continue playing or to postpone their respective competitions is a matter for each league as autonomous bodies within the game.

With respect to the senior men’s fixtures against Italy and Denmark at Wembley Stadium, refunds will be processed to all ticket buyers within 14 working days. Monies will be returned to the card used to make the original booking. The refund process for England’s MU21 and MU20 home fixtures is still to be confirmed.

UEFA had already confirmed that all Elite Round qualifiers across U17 and U19 age groups had been postponed. Europe’s governing body will meet on Tuesday to discuss further implications for international football including national-team and club competitions.

We will continue to monitor all Government advice with the situation under constant review, with the priority being the health and well-being of all. Further updates will follow in due course

2020 03 19 Retrieve

[Suspension of Premier League extended until April 30 amid coronavirus pandemic] The FA, Premier League, EFL and women’s professional game, together with the PFA and LMA, understand we are in unprecedented times and our thoughts are with everyone affected by Covid-19

We’re united in our commitment to finding ways of resuming the 2019-20 football season and ensuring all domestic and European club league and cup matches are played as soon as it is safe and possible to do so.

We’ve collectively supported UEFA in postponing Euro 2020 to create space in the calendar to ensure domestic and European club league and cup matches have an increased opportunity to be played and, in doing so, maintain the integrity of each competition.

The FA’s Rules and Regulations state that ‘the season shall terminate no later than June 1’ and ‘each competition shall, within the limit laid down by The FA, determine the length of its own playing season’.

However, our Board has agreed for this limit to be extended indefinitely for the 2019-20 season in relation to professional football. Additionally, we’ve collectively agreed that the professional game in England will be further postponed until no earlier than Thursday, April 30.

The progress of Covid-19 remains unclear and we can reassure everyone the health and welfare of players, staff and supporters are our priority. We will continue to follow Government advice and work collaboratively to keep the situation under review and explore all options available to find ways of resuming the season when the conditions allow. We would all like to re-emphasise that our thoughts are with everyone affected by Covid-19

2020 03 20 Retrieve

[Premier League in the United Kingdom decided to further suspend the competition until April 30] The FA, Premier League, EFL and women’s professional game, together with the PFA and LMA, understand we are in unprecedented times and our thoughts are with everyone affected by Covid-19. We’re united in our commitment to finding ways of resuming the 2019-20 football season and ensuring all domestic and European club league and cup matches are played as soon as it is safe and possible to do so. We’ve collectively supported UEFA in postponing Euro 2020 to create space in the calendar to ensure domestic and European club league and cup matches have an increased opportunity to be played and, in doing so, maintain the integrity of each competition

2020 03 24 Retrieve

[A joint statement from the FA and the Premier League was later released, signalling their intent to finish the season whenever it was possible] The FA’s Rules and Regulations state that ‘the season shall terminate not later than the 1 June’ and ‘each competition shall, within the limit laid down by The FA, determine the length of its own playing season’. However, The FA’s Board has agreed for this limit to be extended indefinitely for the 2019/20 season in relation to Professional Football

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 03 26 Retrieve

[Football Association ‘reviewing all options’ for FA Cup] These are challenging circumstances for English football and all decisions taken are in the best interests of the game and in consultation across key stakeholders. Our primary concern will always be for the safety and welfare of clubs, players, staff, officials, volunteers and supporters during this unprecedented time. Today’s steps take into account the financial impact during this uncertain period, whilst considering the fairest method on how the sporting outcomes for the season will be decided with the integrity of the leagues in mind.

With the 2019-20 FA Cup, Women’s FA Cup, FA Trophy and FA Vase all at advanced stages, we are reviewing all options as we seek to complete these competitions whenever it is safe and appropriate to do so. Clubs involved are close to reaching a major final and for those clubs and supporters we will do all we can to keep the Wembley dream alive.

In respect of The FA Youth Cup, The FA County Youth Cup, The FA Sunday Cup and The FA Inter-League Cup, we are also seeking to complete these competitions if it is feasible to do so. We will also continue planning for FA competitions to take place for the 2020-21 season

[Similar to the NLS, tiers three to seven in women’s football have also been voided] We remain in consultation with the FA Women’s Super League and FA Women’s Championship board and clubs regarding the most appropriate way to complete the current season, including for the FA Women’s Super League Academy

2020 04 01 Retrieve

[FSA joins FA and Premier League in urging fans to stay home to combat coronavirus] Covid-19 has presented a hugely challenging and uncertain time for everyone and our thoughts are with all those directly affected by the pandemic. The Government’s message is clear – stay at home, protect the NHS, save lives.

We are all committed to getting back to playing the game we love – but only when it is safe to do so. Amid the current uncertainty, supporters will understandably have a number of questions relating to the season and the clubs they follow, and there are no quick answers to how and when we will return to what used to be our football normality.

The Football Supporters’ Association (FSA), Premier League, EFL and The FA want to reiterate that clubs and their supporters have a vital role to play in supporting the Government’s guidance and ensuring community strength and solidarity. While there is no football, our sport can still play its part

The work of clubs, staff, volunteers and fans is making a difference to those in need. The FSA, Premier League, EFL and The FA encourage all clubs and supporters’ groups to remain in contact during this difficult time and, where possible, support one another in their community efforts. We also extend our gratitude to those football supporters who are key workers, and those who have offered their support on a volunteer basis. We urge fans across the country to follow the ongoing Government advice, to provide us all with the best opportunity to keep fans and communities safe. It is also important to note that any official communications will come from the Government and football authorities themselves. Please follow our official channels for this information. As the situation is regularly changing, the Premier League, EFL and The FA will continue to consult the FSA and keep supporters updated on the progress made as soon as is practically possible. Thank you, once again, for your continued patience, work and support

2020 04 04 Retrieve

[England boss Southgate set to take 30% pay cut as FA considers ‘implications’ of coronavirus pandemic] The financial implications of the coronavirus are not yet known, however, as a not-for-profit organisation, we want to ensure that we take the appropriate course of action to support the wider organisation and our employees. We will make a further announcement on our next steps in due course

2020 04 09 Retrieve

[Explained: What are kit clashing rules in football?] When playing in league matches the players of each participating club shall wear a strip which is of a sufficient contrast that match officials, spectators and television viewers will be able to distinguish clearly between the two teams

2020 04 09b Retrieve

[FA confirm decision to end seasons in some non-league and women’s leagues] The FA Council has today ratified the decision to conclude the 2019-20 season across Steps 3-7 of the National League System, Tiers 3 to 7 of the women’s football pyramid and the wider grassroots game. Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have been working collaboratively with the leagues within the National League System, the Women’s Football Board, the Women’s Football Conference and the wider grassroots game to identify the most appropriate way to conclude the 2019-20 season at each level. The request to end the 2019-20 season was taken to the FA Council by the representatives of the relevant committees having been fully supported by the FA Board. The FA Council’s vote today was overwhelmingly in favour of ratifying the decision

2020 04 14 Retrieve

[England women’s team donate to ‘Players Together’ fund amid coronavirus pandemic] The Senior England Women’s football squad, otherwise known as the Lionesses, have been discussing the best way in which we could offer our support to the NHS and its frontline staff over the past few weeks.

The squad have recognised the importance of the statement last week from the Premier League players with regards to setting up the #PlayersTogether fund and the potential impact it can make to support and assist over 150 registered NHS charities.

After discussions with a number of Premier League players, we are delighted to confirm that the whole of the Lionesses squad will make a collective donation to the #PlayersTogether fund, partnering with NHS Charities Together, in unison with the Premier League players in order to support the amazing NHS.

Stay Home. Protect the NHS. Save Lives.

2020 04 17 Retrieve

[FA today categorically denied that the Sampson issue has anything to do with Drew Spence’s omission from the national team set-up] Players are only ever picked on merit and all English players in the WSL are watched and considered for selection

2020 04 17b Retrieve

[Premier League reiterates desire to finish 2019-20 season amid coronavirus pandemic] We are acutely aware of the distress Covid-19 is causing and our thoughts are with all those directly affected by the pandemic. In common with other businesses and industries, the Premier League and our clubs are working through complex planning scenarios. We are actively engaging with stakeholders, including broadcast partners, and our aim is to ensure we are in a position to resume playing when it is safe to do so and with the full support of the Government. The health and wellbeing of players, coaches, managers, club staff and supporters are our priority and the League will only restart when medical guidance allows

Today’s shareholders’ meeting provided an opportunity to discuss possible scheduling models. 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. In response to the pandemic, the Premier League, our clubs and players have provided vital support for communities and the NHS and will continue to do so after matches recommence

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 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