Discipline

Procedures for club secretaries

All disciplinary procedures are set out in the RFU Regulation 19 which can be found in the RFU Handbook or online

https://www.englandrugby.com/mm/Document/General/General/01/33/07/67/RFUHandbook2018-19_English.pdf

Red Cards

The procedures to be followed in the event of a player being sent off are set out in Appendix 1 below. A player is banned immediately upon being sent off and cannot play again until the matter is dealt with by a discipline panel. Remember the longer you leave reporting the matter the longer the player may not play.

Hearings

Hearings are normally held at the East India Club, 16 St James’ Square, London, SW1Y 4LH. Please arrive 15 minutes before the scheduled time of the hearing and wait in the foyer. A hearing will be payable in advance. Details of fees are shown at Appendix 2 below including bank details.

The East India Club has a strict dress code, requiring the wearing of a suit or blazer and trousers, and tie. Please ensure your player knows this and appears correctly dressed. Club officials and players are not permitted to use the bar facilities unless they are a member of the East India Club.

Ensure the player has seen the referee’s report. If it is to be challenged you must request the attendance of the referee at the hearing. Request his attendance (via Middlesex’s Disciplinary Secretary – do not contact the referee) as soon as possible after the sending off. The club will be liable for the referee’s expenses.

Club Disciplinary Procedures

Clubs must have a disciplinary sub-committee, which should formally consider any discipline issues and apply the appropriate sanction as set out in Appendix 2 of RFU Regulation 19 in the handbook:

https://www.englandrugby.com/mm/Document/General/General/01/33/07/67/RFUHandbook2018-19_English.pdf

Citings

Citings must be made within fourteen days of the event. Procedures are set out in https://www.englandrugby.com/mm/Document/General/General/01/32/72/74/RFURegulation19Appendix4_English.pdf

It is advisable to contact Middlesex’s Discipline Secretary as soon as possible if you anticipate making a citing.

Age grade rugby

The procedures for age grade rugby differ slightly. Schools or club have delegated responsibility to carry out the disciplinary process following one of their age grade players being sent off or cited. Middlesex’s Schools and Youth Disciplinary Secretary must be informed of the decision for his review. The CBYDS in Middlesex is Caron Evans-Evans email: cree@mtsn.org.uk

Disciplinary points

Middlesex operates a totting up system of points for discipline sanctions. Please see Appendix 3 below for details of the procedure.

Deterrent sanctions

Last season Middlesex introduced a deterrent sanction for those guilty of verbally abusing referees. As the number of such cases continues at an alarming level, the deterrent sanction will remain in force for the current season and shall be: ”any person found guilty of abusing a referee can expect to have his or her sanction increased as the disciplinary panel sees fit above and beyond the current sanctions table set out in the RFU’s Regulation 19. This applies to all involved in rugby union within Middlesex including players, coaches and spectators”.

Please ensure that all within your club are aware of this.

Regulation 5.12

The County has the power to discipline any player, official, member, or employee of a Member Club or a Rugby body (or any other person or body that submits to Rugby Football Union’s jurisdiction to discipline them) for any matter that the County considers brings the game into disrepute.

Further Information

If you have any queries relating to general disciplinary procedures or if you need any advice on specific cases relating to your club, please contact:

Disciplinary Secretary: John Orr
Email: discipline@middlesexrugby.com

CB Schools & Youth Disciplinary Secretary: Caron Evan-Evans
Email: cree@mtsn.org.uk

Appendix 1 – Red Card Notification

If a player or any other person from your club is ‘ordered off’ you must within 48 hours tell the disciplinary secretary, by e-mail or telephone confirming:

• The date of the fixture:
• The location of the fixture
• The teams in the match
• The player’s name, date of birth and RFU registration number
• The referee’s name
• Will the player plead guilty or not guilty to the offence?

Appendix 2 – Hearing fees

Hearing fees are payable by electronic transfer to:

• Middlesex County RFU
• Account no 01066848
• Sort Code 30-92-82
• Reference “Discipline”

The fees are as follows:

Attendance at a Hearing:  £50
Second hearing after failure to attend without good reason:  £70
Postal hearing:  £25
5.12 Hearing:  £75
Citing:  £125

Please note any cry-offs by players or clubs after 9pm on Thursday prior to a Monday hearing will incur the £50 fee.

Appendix 3 – Disciplinary points

Middlesex Rugby operates the following points system:
Period of suspension Points by Category

Period of suspension Points by category
 A*  B*
 1-4 weeks  4  2
 5-7 weeks  8  6
 8-10 weeks  10  8
 11-20 weeks  12  10
 More than 20 weeks (inc sine die)  15  12

*A Members of the 1st XV of any club in a County or National, League or Cup game.
Members of the 2nd XV

*B All other matches

Any points awarded against the club will remain on the club record for 24 months from the date of sending off. If the club reaches a certain number of points inside the 24 months the following actions will be triggered:

30 points The club will be advised in writing that its disciplinary record is giving concern.

40 points The Club will be warned that its record is unacceptable. A range of actions will be suggested to the club.

50 points The club will be summoned before a special Disciplinary sub-committee hearing convened by the President of Middlesex Rugby according to the guidelines laid down by the FU with potential penalties as specified.