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Sporting Clube de Portugal (Direct Red Card), Decision of 27 October 2017, UEFA Decision

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Circumstances of the case

The player wearing number 10 of Sporting Clube de Portugal, Borges Cabral Jovane Eduardo, in the 63rd minute, after a foul of a player of Juventus while the player of Juventus was still on the ground trying to get up, slapped him with an open hand on the back of the head. The referee sent off Borges Cabral Jovane Eduardo for violent conduct.

Legal framework Article 15 (1) (e) UEFA Disciplinary Regulations.

Decision

The CEDB deems that this is a highly aggressive act, threatening serious injury. It has nothing to do with the game and is simply a hostile act of physical violence. Consequently, the act of the player who struck the opponent player in the back on his head as described by the referee constitutes assault under the terms of Article 15 (1) (e) DR and shall be punished accordingly, in this case, considering the circumstances of the case, with a three match suspension.

Chairman: Partl Thomas (AUT)

Vice-Chairman: Hansen Jim Stjerne (DEN)

Member: Antenen Jacques (SUI)

England Women (Doping Control issue; Insulting / molesting acts), Decision of 21 September 207, UEFA Decision

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Circumstances of the case

In the 60th min of the match, the England official Mark Sampson was verbally abusive to the UEFA VD, telling her "You better sit down, you little shit!" After the match, the Referee Liaison Officer was standing outside the referee changing room when the same official shouted aggressively at her: "You’re a fucking disgrace, it’s a fucking shame". He then picked up a metal pillar raising it above his head aggressively before throwing it down hard against the floor, shutting the door to the corridor, saying, "I’m going to close the fucking door in your fucking face". Also, the England player Jade Moore was selected for doping control. Instead of going directly to the Doping Control Room, she went to the team dressing room, followed by the chaperone. The association argues that neither the venue director or referee observer was a match official according to the UEFA regulations, i.e. Art. 15 (1) (d) DR does not apply. The association accepted the use of inappropriate language by its official as well as the metal pole interaction described in the delegate´s report while however pointing to a number of factual discrepancies between statements and the delegate´s report. Finally, Mr. Sampson apologizes for any inappropriate language he used both during and after the game. With regard to the doping control, the failure to go straight from the pitch to the doping control room was the result of an honest mistake following defeat in a semi-final and Ms Moore was only in the dressing room for a very short period of time.

Legal Framework Article 13 UEFA Disciplinary Regulations; Article 15 (1) (d) UEFA Disciplinary Regulations; Article 6 of the UEFA Anti-Doping Regulations.

Decision

The CEDB explained that Art. 15 DR should be understood as an attempt by UEFA to protect officials who, in the context of a match, exercise a function that warrants particular respect. If UEFA would accept that officials act in the aggressive, insulting and insisting manner, then the needed relation of respect will end instantaneously. With regard to the doping-control incident, the CEDB emphasized that it is crucial that every player who is selected to participate in doping control reports to the doping control station immediately - otherwise the accuracy and integrity of the testing procedure is undermined. Regarding the England official, the CEDB deemed that a three match suspension is the adequate disciplinary measure regarding the circumstances of this case. The CEDB further warned the England player for her behaviour.

Chairman: Partl Thomas (AUT)

Vice-Chairmen:
Berzi Sándor (HUN)
Hansen Jim Stjerne (DEN)

Members:
Gea Tomás (AND)
Larumbe Beain Kepa (ESP)
Leal João (POR)
Řepka Rudolf (CZE)

PK-35 Vantaa (Insulting / molesting acts; dismissal from the bench), Decision of 21 September 2017, UEFA Decision

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Circumstances of the case

According to the referee’s report and the delegate´s report, Mr. Pasi Jaakosaari, PK-35 Vaanta assistant coach, was dismissed in the 83rd minute for showing dissent to the referee. Mr. Jari Vaisanen, PK-35 Vantaa Coach, after the final whistle entered the referee's room without permission behaving in unsporting and aggressive manner.

Legal framework Article 11 (1) UEFA Disciplinary Regulations; Article 15 (1) (a) UEFA Disciplinary Regulations

Decision

The CEDB, after analysing the official reports, considers that both officials incurred in an unsporting behaviour breaching the general principles of conduct. In this regard, any individual must comply with the principles of ethical conduct, loyalty, integrity and sportsmanship. The circumstances of this incident draws a picture in which, mainly the attitude of the head coach is not to be accepted at football matches. The authority of the referees, the officials and UEFA is not to be undermined by any person participating at a match. If UEFA would accept that coaches and officials show dissent in the aggressive, insulting, insisting and threatening manner as it was done in the case in hand, that would have an impact on the performance of the referees and the competition itself which is completely unacceptable, violating Art. 15 (1) (a) and (d) of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations. Regarding Mr. Pasi Jaakosaari, the CEDB is not comfortable satisfied as to increase the standard minimum sanction of one match suspension. For Mr. Jari Vaisanen, the CEDB is impressed by the highly violent, insisting and aggressive behavior, warranting for a twomatch suspension.

Chairman: Partl Thomas (AUT)

Vice-Chairmen:
Berzi Sándor (HUN)
Hansen Jim Stjerne (DEN)

Members:
Gea Tomás (AND)
Larumbe Beain Kepa (ESP)
Leal João (POR)
Lorenz Hans (GER)
Řepka Rudolf (CZE)

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