Misconduct reports

Referees are required to report to The Hertfordshire FA Disciplinary Department any misconduct that they witness.

Referees are reminded that any misconduct witnessed on the field of play before, during or after the game warrants a yellow or red card being shown to players, substitutes or substituted players. If an offence occurs off the field of play either before or after the game a misconduct report alone is required.

If a Club Linesman or Club Official informs you of any misconduct they see or hear (but you have not), you cannot take action on it apart from speaking to the alleged offender and then report the alleged incident on a misconduct form to The County FA to investigate.

Any misconduct by non-playing members of a Club including their spectators should be submitted on a plain misconduct report.

Referees are required to submit their misconduct reports within 48 hours of the game because The County FA have to inform the Club/Individual of the reports and if a player is to be suspended, that comes into effect 14 days after the date of the game.    

You should contact The County FA Disciplinary Dept. if you are struggling to submit your reports within that time frame but still send them in ASAP.

Referees should use the new FA Whole Game System (WGS) to report misconduct.

If you don’t have access to The WGS system, please download the correct misconduct form here.
Match Officials who choose not to submit their misconduct reports may be charged with failing to carry out their duties by The FA. If someone approaches the referee at any time (including contacting you at a later time) and asks you not to submit your misconduct reports in an attempt to get the individual off, inform them that it is an offence to do so and after taking their name, inform them that you will be reporting them also.

Assistant Referees

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. For advice on writing misconduct reports, click here.

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