FA Rule E20(a) states that “Each Affiliated Association, Competition and Club shall be responsible for ensuring that its directors, players, officials, employees, servants, representatives, spectators, and all persons purporting to be its supporters or followers, conduct themselves in an orderly fashion and refrain from any one or combination of the following: improper, violent, threatening, abusive, indecent, insulting or provocative words or behaviour, (including, without limitation, where any such conduct, words or behaviour includes a reference, whether express or implied, to any one or more of ethnic origin, colour, race, nationality, religion or belief, gender, gender reassignment, sexual orientation or disability) whilst attending at or taking part in a Match in which it is involved, whether on its own ground or elsewhere.”
Charges will automatically be raised under FA Rule E20 when:
1. Any Team within the Club reaches 75 disciplinary points;
2. The Club has four or more proven incidents of violent conduct across all teams;
(Includes: Red cards or misconduct charges for violent conduct, misconduct charges for assault and misconduct charges for physical contact on a match official)
3. The Club has two proven misconduct charges across all teams relating to the abandonment of games;
4. The Club has two or more charges found proven against any of its players for aggravated breaches of FA regulations.
The same offence can count towards multiple E20 charges.
For more information, please see our Football Services Guide to Continuing Misconduct Charges