Legal Adviser Ayman Al-Refai, former head of the Disciplinary and Ethics Committee, revealed that the Saudi Football Association must issue a decision in the event that it sees that the issue is not within its competence and is not an ambiguous statement.
Al-Rifai added in an interview during the sports bulletin on “Al Arabiya”: Al-Nasr club’s statement revealed accurate details regarding a separate complaint about the contractual dispute between the club and the player, and if there are negotiations in the protected period and the recordings are correct, there will be a violation, and if the negotiations are outside the protected period, there will be no Infraction.
He pointed out: This issue falls under the Saudi Football Association, but it must issue a decision that it is not within its competence and is not a statement.
Al-Rifai explained: In the event that the case goes to the Disciplinary Committee, it has a list in which the evidence that is taken and not taken into account is mentioned. As for the Professionalism Committee and the Dispute Resolution Chamber, it does not have these details and will resort to taking the general rules that say that the recordings in the event that they are not authorized by an official or an authority A competent authority is not considered evidence but a presumption, and if it is to prove a case, he must confront the other party to deny the recordings. The committees will listen to the recordings, and if they find a violation, they will refer it to the competent authorities. In the event of the parties’ denials, and in the event of a complaint being received, the parties must be summoned and their statements heard.
Al-Rifai stated: If incitement and negotiation are proven within the protected period, the penalties of the Professional Committee shall be applied, which are compensation and suspension for six months, a fine not exceeding 300,000 riyals, and deprivation of two registration periods. In the event of negotiation in the protected period, the penalties are the same, but without imposing penalties on the club because he was not an instigator.
Regarding the parties mentioned in the victory statement, Al-Rifai revealed: Hamed Al-Balawi is not one of the officials to whom Regulation 23 of the Basic Regulations of the Clubs applies, any of the persons jointly liable for legal responsibility, and if the Al-Ittihad club is aware of the negotiation, he is punished, but if he acts individually without the club’s knowledge Punishment is for the individual.
The former heads of the Disciplinary Committee added about determining the penalty for deduction of points, saying: The penalty for deduction of points can be imposed in the event that it is a disciplinary penalty from the Professional Committee, while the Dispute Resolution Chamber does not have a penalty for deduction of points, which is a penalty in the event that it is proven that the club was a partner in the case. If the registration is correct and does not contain any kind of incitement, the victim can be rehabilitated, and the penalties may be among the offenses against others. The transparency and boldness of the Al-Nasr club’s statement suggests that there is a penalty that will affect the parties against whom he claimed in his statement.