An overview of the new FIFA Disciplinary Code

On 11 July 2019, FIFA announced the publication of its new Disciplinary Code (“FDC”), which came into effect on 15 July 2019.

The FDC 2019 has replaced its 2017 predecessor and contains important changes to the FIFA disciplinary regime; addressing topical issues such as match-fixing, racism and discrimination and the use and abuse of social media by players.

Importantly, FIFA has re-introduced the practice of enforcing Court of Arbitration for Sport awards from ‘ordinary’ (i.e. first instance) proceedings, by having the ability to impose disciplinary sanctions upon debtors in ordinary proceedings.

Tiran Gunawardena and Rustam Sethna of the Mills & Reeve sports law team have authored a more detailed piece about the FDC 2019 for LawInSport, a leading online sports law publication.

Click here to read the article in full and find out more about what the amendments mean to the various stakeholders in world football.

If you have any queries regarding the FDC or require any assistance in this regard, please contact Tiran Gunawardena.

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