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Anti-Racism Code for Players and Team Officials

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Anti-Racism Code for Players and Team Officials
Effective as from 21st March 2019 Page 2 2019 AECL Anti-Racism Code

TABLE OF CONTENTS

ARTICLE 1 SCOPE AND APPLICATION …………………………………………………………………………….

ARTICLE 2 OFFENCE ……………………………………………………………………………………………………

ARTICLE 3 REPORTING AN ALLEGED OFFENCE UNDER THE ANTI-RACISM CODE …………………

ARTICLE 4 ENQUIRY AND THE DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURE …………………………………………

ARTICLE 5 SANCTIONS ………………………………………………………………………………………………..

ARTICLE 6 RECOGNITION OF DECISIONS………………………………………………………………………..

ARTICLE 7 AMENDMENT AND INTERPRETATION OF THE ANTI-RACISM CODE …………………..

APPENDIX 1 DEFINITIONS ……………………………………………………………………………………………… Page 3 2019 AECLAnti-Racism Code

 

INDIAN PREMIER LEAGUE

ANTI-RACISM CODE FOR PLAYERS AND

TEAM OFFICIALS

INTRODUCTION

BCCI is the body responsible for the operation of the League and this Anti-Racism Code for Players and Team Officials (the “Anti-Racism Code”) is adopted and implemented as part of BCCI’s continuing efforts to maintain the public image, popularity and integrity of the League by providing: (a) an effective means to deter any participant from conducting themselves in a manner that may be construed as racially and/or religiously offensive; and (b) a robust disciplinary procedure pursuant to which all matters of improper conduct of this nature in relation to the League can be dealt with fairly, with certainty and in an expeditious manner.

 

Unless otherwise indicated, references to Articles and the Appendix are to articles and the appendix of the Anti-Racism Code.

 

ARTICLE 1 SCOPE AND APPLICATION

1.1 By their participation (in the case of a Player) or assistance in participation or other involvement (in the case of a Team Official) in a Match, all Players and Team Officials shall be deemed to have agreed:

 1.1.1 that they are bound by and required to comply with all of the provisions of the Anti-Racism Code;

 1.1.2 that it is their personal responsibility to familiarise themselves with all of the requirements of the Anti-Racism Code, including what conduct constitutes an offence under the Anti-Racism Code;

 

1.1.3 to submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the Ombudsman to hear and determine charges brought pursuant to the Anti-Racism Code; and

 1.1.4 not to bring any proceedings in any court or other forum that are inconsistent with the foregoing submission to the jurisdiction of the Ombudsman.

 1.2 All Players and Team Officials shall continue to be bound by and required to comply with the Anti-Racism Code until three (3) months after the termination of his or her contract or, in respect of any Team Official, any other arrangements with a Franchisee and BCCI shall continue to have jurisdiction over him/her under the Anti-Racism Code thereafter in respect of matters taking place prior to that point.

 1.3 Without prejudice to Articles 1.1 and 1.2, the ICC and the National Cricket Federations shall be primarily responsible for promoting Anti-Racism Code awareness and education amongst all Players and Team Officials. Page 4 2019 AECLAnti-Racism Code

1.4 It is acknowledged that certain Players and Team Officials may also be subject to rules of the ICC and/or National Cricket Federations that govern discipline and/or conduct, and that the same conduct of such Players and/or Team Officials may implicate not only the Anti-Racism Code but also such other rules that may apply. For the avoidance of any doubt, Players and Team Officials acknowledge and agree that: (a) the Anti-Racism Code is not intended to limit the responsibilities of any Player or Team Official under such other rules; and (b) nothing in such other rules shall be capable of removing, superseding or amending in any way the jurisdiction of the Ombudsman to determine matters properly arising pursuant to the Anti-Racism Code.

1.5 The conduct prohibited under the Anti-Racism Code may also constitute a breach of other applicable laws or regulations (e.g. governing equal opportunities and/or anti-discrimination). The Anti-Racism Code is intended to supplement such laws and regulations with further rules of professional conduct for those involved in the League. It is not intended, and may not be interpreted, construed or applied, to prejudice or undermine in any way the application of such laws and regulations. Players and Team Officials must comply with all applicable laws and regulations at all times.

1.6 For the avoidance of doubt, all Umpires officiating in any Matches are bound by and required to comply with all of the provisions of the AECLCode of Conduct for Match Officials and Match Official Support Personnel.

 ARTICLE 2 OFFENSE

 2.1 The following conduct, if committed by a Player or Team Official at any time during, or in relation to, a Match shall amount to an offence under the Anti-Racism Code:

 2.1.1 Engaging in any conduct (whether through the use of language, gestures or otherwise) which is likely to offend, insult, humiliate, intimidate, threaten, disparage or vilify any reasonable person in the position of a Player, Team Official, Umpire, Match Referee or any other person (including a spectator) on the basis of their race, religion, culture, colour, descent, national or ethnic origin.

 

 ARTICLE 3 REPORTING AN ALLEGED OFFENCE UNDER THE ANTI-RACISM CODE

 3.1 Any one of the following individuals can report an alleged offence under the Anti-Racism Code by lodging a report in the manner described in Article 3.2, below (a “Complaint”):

 

3.1.1 an Umpire that officiated in the Match during, or in relation to which, the alleged offence was committed;

 

3.1.2 the Match Referee that was appointed to officiate in the Match during, or in relation to which, the alleged offence was committed;

 

3.1.3 the Team Manager or duly authorized senior representative of either of the two Franchisees whose representative Teams participated in the Match during, or in relation to which, the alleged offence was committed; or

 

3.1.4 the AECLChief Operating Officer Page 5 2019 AECLAnti-Racism Code

 

it being acknowledged that the individual lodging any such Complaint need not have witnessed the alleged offence.


3.2
Save in the case of circumstances rendering it impractical, all Complaints must be completed, signed and dated by the person lodging the Complaint and must be lodged with the BCCI Chief Executive Officer as soon as reasonably practicable, and in any event no later than thirty-six (36) hours after the later of: (a) the commission of the alleged offence; or (b) the alleged offence was brought to the attention of the person lodging the Complaint. Any such Complaint shall contain as much information in relation to the alleged offence under the Anti-Racism Code as is practicable.


3.3
Where it is alleged that a Player or Team Official has committed more than one offence under the Anti-Racism Code during, or in relation to, a Match (whether arising out of the same set of facts or otherwise), then a separate Complaint should be filed in accordance with this Article 3 for each of the offences alleged to have been committed.


ARTICLE 4 ENQUIRY AND THE DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURE


4.1
The provisions of paragraphs 2.1, 2.2 and 3 of Section 6 of the Operational Rules shall apply to all matters arising out of the Anti-Racism Code.


4.2
Where two or more Players or Team Officials are alleged to have committed offences under the Anti-Racism Code, they may both be dealt with at the same hearing where the proceedings arise out of the same incident or set of facts, or where there is a clear link between separate incidents.


4.3
Where a Player or Team Official is alleged to have committed more than one breach of the Anti-Racism Code during, or in relation to, the same Match, then all of the alleged offences may be dealt with at the same hearing.


4.4
Any failure or refusal by any Player or Team Official to provide assistance to the Ombudsman in connection with any charge made pursuant to this Anti-Racism Code may constitute a separate offence (depending upon the seriousness and context of such failure or refusal) under the Code of Conduct.

 

ARTICLE 5 SANCTIONS


5.1
Where the Ombudsman 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.


5.2
In order to determine the appropriate sanction that is to be imposed in each case, the Ombudsman 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). Page 6 2019 AECLAnti-Racism Code

 

5.3 Once the Ombudsman 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 Matches. The imposition of a suspension of between 8 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.