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Wrongful Dismissal Claims

We are currently receiving a high influx of Wrongful Dismissal claims. However, the majority are being submitted out of time and as a result, we are unable to present the claims to a Disciplinary Commission in order for them to be considered.

This is causing great frustration amongst Clubs when we are then having to inform them that their claim has been rejected.

The FA’s regulation on Wrongful Dismissal claims is rather explicit but due to the volume of claims we are currently rejecting, we’d like to take this opportunity to make you aware of the exact ruling and the criteria you must meet in order for a claim to be accepted.

  • Notification of intention to submit a claim must be received by CFA no later than 5pm on the 2nd business day following the dismissal (e.g. if dismissal occurred in a game on Saturday/Sunday, then we would need notifying before 5pm on Tuesday.
  • Written/Video evidence to support the claim must be received by the CFA by no later than 5pm on the 4th business day following the dismissal (e.g. if dismissal occurred in a game on Saturday/Sunday, then we would need the full reasons for the claim and/or evidence before 5pm on Thursday)
  • On the basis the above has been achieved, a Disciplinary Commission will then congregate to consider the claim on the 5th business day (e.g. if dismissal occurred in a game on Saturday/Sunday, a Disciplinary Commission will consider the case on Friday).

The timeframes above allow the claim to have an outcome prior to an individual’s suspension commencing.

Please see below to download an FA Wrongful Dismissals Manual

Wrongful dismissals