In a ruling that could potentially open a can of worms in junior soccer across the country, the AUL has docked Kilbarrack Utd three points stemming from a protest from Ballymun Utd after their game on September 29th.
Ballymun Utd lodged a protest with the AUL that Kilbarrack had fielded an ineligible player who did not possess an International Transfer Certificate ( ITC ) before playing in the game.
The player in question, Alan Clarke played for Ballymun Utd before emigrating to Australia for a year in search of work. While in Australia, Clarke played for a local team and when he returned to Ireland, he did not obtain an International Transfer Certificate. Clarke signed for Kilbarrack during the summer and was not aware that the ITC was required and therefore did not inform his new club.
The ruling by the AUL could spark ramifications across junior soccer in Ireland, with a huge amount of players having played abroad at some stage in their career not possessing the ITC. The decision will have clubs across the country scrambling to check if any of their players have registered in another country, and if so, if they have procured and ITC upon coming back to play in Ireland. Many protests could now be lodged with leagues across the country.
The JSP has learned that the AUL awarded three points to Ballymun for the September 30th game in which they lost 2-0. These points were awarded because Kilbarrack fielded an ineligible player.
The AUL however also docked Ballymun three points for also fielding an ineligible player in the game, Paddy O’Boyle, who had been sent off two weeks previous to the game but had not paid the resulting fine on time.
The ruling therefore means that Kilbarrack will drop three points from 19 to 16, whilst Ballymun will remain on 10 points as they gained three points, then lost them.
Neither Ballymun nor Kilbarrack have commented on the matter.
The full rule under which this decision was made is outlined below
FAI Rule 48: Players entering & leaving the area of jurisdiction of the association.
(a) Any player wishing to leave the area of jurisdiction of The Association to play for a club in the area of jurisdiction of another National Association must obtain a certificate of clearance from The Association. Before The Association can provide such certificate it must have received the agreement to provide same from the club within the area of jurisdiction with whom the player was last registered.
(b) Should a club withhold such agreement, thereby resulting in the non-issue of a certificate of clearance by The Association, the club must indemnify The Association for all damages, costs and for all expenses accrued by The Association as a result of the non-issue of the certificate of clearance. Should it be established that a club withheld agreement without reasonable cause, The Association shall be empowered to deal as it sees fit with such clubs.
(c) An International Transfer Certificate shall only be granted by The Association for players under the following conditions:
(i) The Player is aged between 16 and 18 and the transfer takes place within the EU or EEA and the new club comply with the obligations provided by FIFA in the FIFA Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players.
(ii) The Player is under 18 but the Players parents move to the Country in which the new club is located for reasons not linked to football.
(iii) The Player is under 18 but the Player lives no further than 50km from a national border and the new club is also within 50km of that border. The maximum distance between the players domicile and the clubs headquarters shall be 100km. In such cases the player must continue to live at home and both Associations must give explicit consent.
(iv) The Player is aged 18 years of age or over.
(d) Players leaving the jurisdiction of the Football Association of Ireland may not be permitted to return to the jurisdiction of The Association until a period of 8 weeks has elapsed from date of clearance from The Association.
(e) Any player wishing to be registered within the jurisdiction of the Football Association of Ireland having last been registered within another jurisdiction must obtain an International Transfer Certificate. If the Association does not receive a response to the ITC Request within thirty days, it shall immediately register the player with the New Club on a provisional basis (“Provisional Registration”). A Provisional Registration shall become permanent one year after the ITC Request. The Association may withdraw a Provisional