EXCLUSIVE: FA launch an internal review into their disciplinary practices after the embarrassing John Yems racism affair… which saw them appeal against their OWN finding that the former Crawley Town manager was not a ‘conscious racist’
- The FA have launched an internal review into their disciplinary practices
- The organisation appealed against their own findings in John Yems racism affair
- The FA were furious when own panel claimed Yems was not a ‘conscious racist’
The Football Association have launched an internal review into their disciplinary practices following the embarrassing John Yems racism affair.
The governing body have started the process of overhauling how the independent disciplinary panels that sit in on proceedings are constructed following the upsetting episode which saw the organisation appeal against their own findings in the case against Yems.
The FA were left furious last month when their own independent panel claimed Yems, despite being found guilty of 11 offences of making racially-motivated comments while in charge of Crawley Town, was not a ‘conscious racist’.
The three-person panel that sat in on Yems’ hearing were former Notts County striker Tony Agana, Wolves club secretary Matt Wild and barrister Robert Englehart KC.
And Sportsmail has learned the controversial episode has led FA officials to conduct an internal audit of their disciplinary procedures – in particular those cases linked to alleged discriminatory behaviour.
The FA have launched an internal review into their disciplinary practices over the John Yems affair
There is a particular focus on introducing measures to refresh the pool of candidates eligible to sit on the independent panels.
Targeting professional footballers who have either retired or are approaching retirement age to ascertain whether they would consider such a role is among the recommendations being explored by the FA.
The FA also want to increase the number of female ex-footballers available for panel selection, while there will be a sustained emphasis on training panelists.
There is a feeling that the group of people currently eligible to sit on the FA’s disciplinary commissions needs modernising to ensure they cover a broader range of beliefs reflective of contemporary society.
The FA have started the process of overhauling how the independent disciplinary panels that sit in on proceedings are constructed
The proposals have been received with apprehension by members of the current commission pool, who fear any move to have younger disciplinary panels could prove detrimental to their processes.
Nevertheless, while the plans to update are at an early stage, there is a significant will at the FA to ensure they avoid the embarrassing circumstances that saw them criticised over Yems.
Within their written reasons, the independent regulatory commission said Yems is not a ‘conscious racist’ – something that sparked outrage across the football community given the sickening nature of the slurs.
The FA appealed against their own findings that Yems was not a ‘conscious racist’
Incredibly, the FA disagreed with the resolution of their own independent panel and have launched an appeal against its findings.
The organisation also believe the 18 month ban meted out to Yems was too lenient; they recommended a two year suspension.
When contacted by Sportsmail with regards to the disciplinary review, the FA declined to comment.