Whenever a Referee cautions or dismisses a player from the Field of Play or is reporting other forms of misconduct, he / she shall prepare a report of the incident or incidents. Within 2 days of the match (Sunday not included), this report must be submitted over the internet or sent by first class mail addressed to the Discipline Department here at Manchester FA. All such reports shall be made on the standard Misconduct Report Form (see below).
Neutral Assistant Referees shall, where the referee has dismissed a player from the Field of Play or is reporting other forms of misconduct, prepare and submit a report in a similar fashion as the match referee. A record should be kept of cautions issued in case the County FA requires the Assistant Referee to submit a report.
Referees and Neutral Assistant Referees must attend Personal Hearings when required so to do. If a Referee or Assistant Referee fails to attend he/she shall be reported to the appropriate County FA. Any referee having accepted a request to attend a Personal Hearing is then required to close the date with all appropriate Competitions.
Online misconduct forms
The Football Association has introduced online misconduct forms to assist Referees and the general administration of discipline. Previous styles of paper misconduct forms can be used when the referee has no access to email but this is likely to be in exceptional circumstances.
Advice on Downloading
Referees can click on the links below and download the form required. You need to save this form as a template on your computer. When the form is completed to your satisfaction you need to save it on your computer. The form is emailed as an attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org for Manchester affiliated clubs.
Caution Misconduct Report Form
Please ensure the instructions are followed and the offence (C1 to C7) is inserted. If you are reporting a C1 offence, please ensure you complete the last column as well to define the sub-category of offence. (FA reports only)
Standard Misconduct Form
For reporting dismissals and other misconduct. Also to be used to report a player receiving two cautions in a match. To assist in the administration of the misconduct, please include team details on the form. (i.e. 1st, Reserves, U18, U17 etc). Please note that only the approved templates may be used by referees and not any personally designed electronic forms. The Completed Forms should be returned to email@example.com or a single copy can be printed off and posted to Manchester FA Discipline Dept.
FA Learning - Guide to Misconduct Report Writing
If you have difficulty in compiling your report you can download a PDF version of ‘FA Learning - Guide to Misconduct Report Writing’. This document gives excellent advice on best practice with regard to reports using a range of different scenarios. Click the link below for your copy.
What happens if I still have a problem relating to misconduct?
In the first instance contact Communications Officer Alex Rowen: firstname.lastname@example.org.