ARTICLE 7 SANCTIONS
7.1 Where a Commissioner determines that an offence under the Anti-Racism Code has been committed, he/she will be required to impose an appropriate sanction on the Player or Team Official.
7.2 In order to determine the appropriate sanction that is to be imposed in each case, the Commissioner must first consider whether the Player or Team Official has previously been found guilty of the same offence under the Anti-Racism Code or any predecessor regulations that may have applied in relation to the League (including the Code of Conduct).
7.3 Once the Commissioner has established whether this is a repeat offence, then he/she shall go on to take into account any other factors that he/she deems relevant and appropriate to the mitigation or aggravation of the nature of the offence (including, without limitation, the nature and frequency of any previous offences under the Anti-Racism Code or any predecessor regulations) before determining, in accordance with the following table, what the appropriate sanction(s) should be:
|RANGE OF PERMISSIBLE SANCTIONS(FIRST OFFENCE)||RANGE OF PERMISSIBLE SANCTIONS(SECOND OFFENCE)||RANGE OF PERMISSIBLE SANCTIONS(THIRD (OR MORE) OFFENCE)|
|The imposition of a suspension of between 4 and 8 Relevant Matches.||The imposition of a suspension of between 8 Relevant Matches and a lifetime in respect of the League.||The imposition of a suspension of between one (1) year and a lifetime in respect of the League.|
|AND (in all cases)
The mandatory requirement to undergo a programme of education/counselling designed to promote the understanding and awareness of issues directly relevant to the offence that the Player or Team Official has been determined to have committed.
7.4 For the avoidance of any doubt:
7.4.1 the Commissioner will have no jurisdiction to adjust, reverse or amend the results of any Match;
7.4.2 where a Player or Team Official is found guilty of committing two separate Anti-Racism Code offences that do not relate to the same incident or set of circumstances arising during a Match and is sanctioned separately for each offence, then any sanctions should run cumulatively (and not concurrently);
7.4.3 where a Player or Team Official is found guilty of committing two Anti-Racism Code offences in relation to the same incident or set of circumstances during a Match and is sanctioned separately, then any sanctions imposed should run concurrently (and not cumulatively); and
7.4.4 nothing in this Anti-Racism Code shall permit plea bargaining in relation to any alleged offence committed under this Anti-Racism Code.
7.5 Where a Player or Team Official has been suspended for a fixed period of time, he/she may not play, coach or otherwise participate or be involved in any capacity in any Match(es) for any Team or in any matches representing the Franchisee (such as friendly matches or warm-up matches) or IPL Events which take place during the fixed period of his suspension. Subject to the foregoing he/she may play, coach or otherwise participate or be involved in another capacity in cricket other than (a) Matches or (b) any matches representing the Franchisee.
7.6 Where a Player or Team Official has been suspended for a number of Matches, he/she may not play, coach or otherwise participate or be involved in any capacity in any matches representing the Franchisee (such as friendly matches or warm-up matches) or IPL Events which take place during the period of his/her suspension (from the Suspension Date until the end of the day of the last Match of the suspension). Subject to the foregoing he/she may, subject to any sanction imposed by any other body, play, coach or otherwise participate or be involved in another capacity in cricket other than (a) Matches or (b) any matches representing the Franchisee.
7.7 Once any period of suspension has expired, the Player or Team Official will automatically become re-eligible to participate (in the case of a Player) or assist a Player’s participation or otherwise be involved (in the case of a Team Official) in Matches and any matches representing the Franchisee (such as friendly matches or warm-up matches) and in IPL Events provided that he/she has first; (a) completed the official programme of education/counselling to the reasonable satisfaction of the relevant programme organiser or demonstrated that he/she continues to fully participate in such programme; and (b) satisfied, in full, any award of costs made against him by any Appeal Commission pursuant to Article 8.3.5.
7.8 In imposing any suspension of any number of Matches on a Player the Commissioner or Appeal Commission shall select the Matches which are the most proximate (i.e. nearest in time) to the Suspension Date. However, where selecting the most proximate Match would result in the suspension being applied in relation to a Match in which the Player would not participate or would, at the Suspension Date, not be likely to participate in each case as a result of the Player being involved in International Duty, then the Commissioner or Appeal Commission shall in imposing the suspension choose the next most proximate Match(es).
7.9 If a Match for which a Player or Team Official has been suspended is cancelled, postponed or otherwise abandoned prior to the commencement of such Match (being the bowling of the first ball) then the Match shall not be deemed to have formed part of the suspension and the most proximate next Match shall (subject in the case of the Player to the same exception as in Article 7.8 for any Match in which the Player is unable or is not likely to be able to participate as a result of International Duty ) be deemed to be a Match to which the suspension applies. If a Match for which a Player or Team Official is suspended commences (i.e. the first ball is bowled) then that Match shall count as one of the number of Matches which is the subject of the suspension whether such Match is completed or not.
7.10 Any suspension of a fixed period of time or for a number of Matches shall commence on the Suspension Date.
7.11 The following examples (included for illustrative purposes only) have been included to seek to assist the Commissioner or Appeal Commission in applying suspensions under the Anti-Racism Code but shall not bind the Commissioner or Appeal Commission.
Situation: Player A is suspended for 4 Matches. The Team for which the Player has played in the relevant Season has two further Matches in the Season and has not qualified for the Play-Off Matches. The Player is expected to be unavailable for the first six Matches of the Team in the following Season by reason of International Duty.
Suspension: Player A is suspended from playing in the two remaining Matches in the current Season and the seventh and eighth Matches of the Team in the next Season. If Player A moves to another Team for the next Season, he would be suspended for the seventh and eighth Matches of his new Team in the next Season.
Situation: Player B is suspended for 5 Matches. The Team for which the Player has played in the relevant calendar year (a) has one Match remaining in the League, (b) qualifies for the Play-Off Matches as a result of its performance in that one remaining Match in the League, and (c) is eliminated after one Play-Off Match. The Player is not affected by International Duty in relation to either the remaining matches in that Season or the following Season.
Suspension: Player B is suspended for his Team’s one remaining Match in the League, the one Play-Off Match featuring his Team and the first three Matches of the following Season featuring his Team.