April 10, 2021
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Arbitration finds Suva FA at fault

Rewa Football Association earlier last month had filed an Appeal to the decision of the Player Status Committee.

This after the Suva Football Association had filed a case against Gabrielle Matanisiga where he was later cited by Fiji Football Association’s appointed Player Status Committee for breaching Transfer Regulations.

Rewa FA deemed this decision as harsh and improper and referred the matter to Arbitration.

The Arbitrator has seen Suva FA at equal fault and imposed a fine of $2,500 on Suva FA to be paid to Fiji FA.

The Arbitrator has also slashed Gabrielle Matanisiga’s initial fine by half - from $5,000 to $2,500.

According to Rewa President Nazeel Buksh, he stated that the decision is fair as Suva FA having fined and would ensure due to compliance of regulations in the future.

In giving its ruling, the Arbitrator said that Suva FA was aware that Matanisiga had a valid contract and as such is to be equally blamed for the situation.

“Suva did not approach us with regards to Matanisiga and his contract and did not question about the release. When the application for transfer was done, Matanisiga still had a valid three-month contract and on that basis, the dispute occurred and Suva was found breach of contract.”

“When Matanisiga was approached and the application was done then Rewa FA disputed that proper procedures were not followed.”

In a 4 page ruling, the Arbitrator accentuated clause 6.2 of the Regulations which allows for a transparent mode of dealings with clubs and players.

Buksh adds it’s a stern warning to other Officials and Districts as the Transfer Regulations seek that all contracts between the Player and District be respected and the Districts are to inform another District prior to entering negotiations with any contracted player.

By Romeka Romena  


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