Suspensions in Pre-Season

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The Football Association reveals regulations relating to suspensions in pre-season.

The FA has announced new regulations relating to dismissals and suspensions in pre-season friendly matches.

Any player dismissed during a friendly match, will be automatically suspended from future friendly matches, and not competitive fixtures, as decided by The Football Association or relevant County Association.

Red or yellow cards do not count for the accumulation of offences, and will not affect competitive fixtures.  

Where sanctions are imposed in respect of cautions on participants with their agreement (e.g. as part of tournament rules), any such sanction may only apply to friendly matches.

They do not apply to first-team competitive matches or any other competitive fixture.

It should be noted, however, that charges of misconduct pursuant to Rule E3 of the Rules of The Football Association may be brought against a player in relation to any incident arising in a friendly match.  

A Regulatory Commission or County Disciplinary Commission considering a charge under Rule E3 shall have regard to any punishment imposed and shall be free to impose a suspension which may affect competitive fixtures at its discretion.For more information please refer to the FA Online Discipline Handbook for the 2013/14 season.