Posted: Thu 24th Feb 2022

Connah’s Quay Nomads allegations of Cymru Premier rules breach, hearing date set

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Thursday, Feb 24th, 2022

Following a charge against Connah’s Quay Nomads for an alleged breach of JD Cymru Premier Rules, a date has now been confirmed for the Independent Arbitration hearing.

The Football Association of Wales (FAW) sanctioned the Nomads for the alleged rule breach on February 8.

An independent hearing is now set to take place on Wednesday, 2 March.

Football Association of Wales (FAW) has instructed Sports Resolutions, an independent, not-for-profit, dispute resolution service for sport to administer the hearing.

Nomads have ‘vigorously refuted’ allegations that it breached rules after being charged with fielding an ineligible player.

The charge is related to the signings of former Wales international Neal Eardley and Portuguese midfielder Paulo Mendes.”

Nomads signed Neal Eardley in October 2021, having already signed Paulo Mendes on 2nd September, after the transfer window closed.

However Nomads have said Mendes signed on August 31st, before the transfer window closed.

The club said it was “somewhat surprised” that a disciplinary charge had been brought into the public domain,”

In a statement published on February 9, the club said: “As the current JD Cymru Premier champions, Connah’s Quay Nomads have always sought to help improve the standards of Welsh Football, evidenced by the club’s several consecutive years as Tier 1 and UEFA Licence holders and our thriving academy setup.”

“Our administration setup, which is entirely reliant on volunteers, works at all times to uphold the standards of the JD Cymru Premier, and has been actively involved with steering groups to aid improvements of the league in years to come.”

“We are somewhat surprised that a disciplinary charge, refuted vigorously by the Club, has been brought into the public domain by the FAW – perhaps this sets a precedent and allows all Clubs charged in the future, to comment on subsequent charges without being fined by the FAW for doing so?”

“We note the FAW state that this matter has now been immediately referred to an independent arbitration panel, over riding the traditional FAW process of Charge – Response – Hearing – Decision – Appeal.”

“We have been informed this is a decision made by the FAW’s CEO, as set out in FAW Rule 40.1.”

“Our lawyers will also be looking into this as it does appear to short cut a process intended to allow a full defence and appeal to be heard.”

“Furthermore, we will also be questioning the phrase “Independent Arbitration Panel”, given that:-
a. The Club has had no input into selecting this panel
b. The company appointed, Sporting Resolutions, is a company that FAW Discipline Manager Ian Fisher, who has fronted this case for the last three months, does freelance work for, as evidenced on his Linkedin profile.”

If found guilty it could mean a hefty points deduction for the team which is currently lying 6th in the Welsh Premier League.

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