FFA Suspend VPL Players Facing Charges

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Football Federation Australia (FFA) has determined that five individuals facing criminal charges related to Southern Stars matches in the Victorian Premier League are suspended from all football activities.

FFA has conducted a process under its National Code of Conduct following the arrests of the five individuals on 15 September this year.

The Code provides that a Member will be taken as having brought football into disrepute if charged with a criminal offence.

FFA has determined that as the four players and coach are facing serious criminal charges under the Crimes Act 1958 (Vic), they have breached the obligation in the Code to not bring FFA or the game of football into disrepute.

FFA has determined to impose on each of the five individuals a ban on taking part in any football related activity. In respect of each, this ban will continue until:

(a) if he is convicted of one or more of the Charges, notification of the determination by FFA of what sanction, if any, will be imposed on him as a consequence of that conviction after conducting a process giving him an opportunity to make a written submission as to application of and form of such sanction; or

(b) if he is acquitted of the Charges or they are withdrawn, 31 December 2015 or such earlier date as FFA may at that time determine after giving him an opportunity to make a written submission as to a reduced sanction period.

The sanctions imposed take effect immediately.

In addition to its own Code of Conduct process, FFA has written to FIFA under the FIFA Disciplinary Code requesting FIFA to extend the bans to have worldwide effect. This request is currently with FIFA.

FFA will make no further public comment until the events outlined are finalised.

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