Discipline Process and Judgements

The Devon RFU Discipline Committee has powers, devolved from the RFU, to deal with disciplinary matters at Level 5 and below. Red cards which are issued in matches will be reported to the Disciplinary Committee and Judgements from Disciplinary Panel Hearings will be posted here

Reporting Procedures

Referees – Please notify the Devon Disciplinary Secretary by emailing the completed Red Card Report Form or Match Official Abuse Form to the Disciplinary Secretary as soon as possible, and no later than 48 hours after any sending off or Referee Abuse occurring

Clubs – Please notify the Devon Disciplinary Secretary by email within 48 hours after any sending off or Referee Abuse involving your player or member, providing brief details and stating the anticipated date/time of the Club disciplinary hearing into the incident

Inform the Devon Disciplinary Secretary, by email, of the judgement and findings of the Club disciplinary hearing promptly and in any event prior to the CB Disciplinary hearing

Disciplinary Secretary – Treve Mitchell – discipline@devonrfu.com


The following administrative fees shall apply:

  • Disciplinary hearings £50
  • Citings £125
  • Appeals £125

Devon Disciplinary Committee Terms of Reference

  • The Devon CB Disciplinary Committee has powers, devolved from the RFU to deal with matters at level 5 and below which result from sendings off, Citings, reports of abuse of Match Officials and reports of actions which are not in the best interests of the game and which bring the game into disrepute
  • The Chair of Discipline has the authority to lead the Discipline Committee on all matters relating to discipline within the CB
  • Devon Discipline Panels are selected from accredited members of the Discipline Committee by the Chair of Discipline with advice from the CB Discipline Secretary
  • A player sent off is not permitted to play again until the case has been heard by a Devon CB Disciplinary Panel. The hearing can be either in person or on papers in appropriate cases (for example, such as two yellow cards)
  • Hearings will be held as soon as practicable after the matter arising, hearings are normally carried out by video link (Zoom) at the time and date arranged
  • Clubs are responsible for paying any and all costs charged against any person within 30 days, if such costs are not paid by the required date the Disciplinary Panel may impose further sanctions until they are paid
  • Players and Clubs have the right to appeal decisions of a Devon Disciplinary Panel by following the procedure set out in the current RFU Regulation 19