One of the core responsibilities of any Match Official is to report misconduct. The County FA, either directly through its Referees Department, or via the many local Referees Associations help train and educate match officials in reporting misconduct.
The reporting of misconduct falls into three main categories, they are:
- Misconduct not covered by, or in addition to, a red card dismissal.
Cautions should be reported using the FA Multi-caution report form. Dismissals and misconduct should be reported separately by using the FA Misconduct reporting form. Both these forms are available either by clicking on the document links below, or by contacting The Worcestershire FA.
Referees are encouraged to report electronically wherever possible, although hard copies are also acceptable. Reporting electronically is very simple to do and is far more efficient for everyone. The electronic versions of the forms are much quicker than a manual completion and are received and acted upon very promptly.
Prompt action on completing both caution and misconduct forms is extremely important for the following reasons:
- Clubs have just SEVEN days to respond to an automatic sanction and any suspension would start 14 DAYS from the date of the match in which the offence took place.
- A caution may also result in an automatic sanction when it results in a player reaching 5, 10 or 15 cautions. The same timescale also applies to these continuing misconduct charges.
All Clubs and Leagues are told to ring their County FA if they do not receive notification of misconduct after 7 DAYS. Non receipt of paperwork does not negate a charge or subsequent suspension.
The County FA may charge a referee with misconduct if the wilfully fail to submit a report.