NRFL

Lotto NRFL Statement

The Chair of the AFF Disciplinary Committee has finalised the decisions resulting from two incidents in the Lotto NRFL competition earlier this year.

Lotto NRFL Men’s Premier League – Three Kings Utd v Manukau Utd, McLennan Park, Papakura on August 29

  • Three Kings Utd as the home club shall be fined $200 for breach of Rules 8.9 and 21 of Northern Regional Football League Regulations 2018 and Rules 35, 45, 46 and 47 of the NZF Disciplinary Code, payable within 20 days of notification of this decision.
  • Manukau Utd as the visiting club shall be fined $200 for breach of Rule 47.2 of the NZF Disciplinary Code, payable within 20 days of notification of this decision.
  • The match result of 3-2 to Manukau Utd shall stand pursuant to Rule 13.15.1 of the Northern Regional Football League Regulations.
  • The older man in a red coat (said to be the father of Tavano Alonso) shall be subject to a venue ban for two years pursuant to Rule 37.5 of the NZF Disciplinary Code.
  • Tavano Alonso shall be suspended for a total of six playing days pursuant to Rule 29.1 of the NZF Disciplinary Code as his actions precipitated the subsequent “brawl” between the clubs.
  • Three Kings Utd shall have five points deducted from points awarded to the club during the 2018 season in the Lotto NRFL Men’s Premier League.
  • Manukau Utd shall have five points deducted from points awarded to the club during the 2018 season in the Lotto NRFL Men’s Premier League.
  • Both Three Kings Utd and Manukau Utd shall be subject to a Good Behaviour Bond of $2,000.00 in respect of the 2019 winter season, payable within 20 days of the notification of this decision. The Bond shall be forfeited in full in the event that either club is guilty of any misconduct as set out in the NZF Disciplinary Code and/or the Northern Regional Football League Regulations as determined by a Judicial Body defined in the NZF Disciplinary Code.
  • Both Three Kings Utd and Manukau Utd are directed to pay $300 to the Northern Regional Football League by way of costs pursuant to Rule 73 of the NZF Disciplinary Code within 20 days of notification of this decision.


Lotto NRFL Men’s Division 1 – Forrest Hill Milford Utd AFC v North Shore Utd AFC, Becroft Park, Milford on September 1

  • The North Shore Utd AFC coaches are both suspended for one playing day for a breach of rule 12 of the NZF Code of Conduct. No fine shall be imposed in this instance.
  • The father/spectator, Maurice Burney, shall be subject to a venue ban for two years commencing on the date of this decision pursuant to Rule 37.5 of the NZF Disciplinary Code.
  • Forrest Hill Milford Utd AFC shall be fined the sum of $200 pursuant to Regulations 8.9.2 of the Northern Regional Football League Regulations 2018 and Rules 35 and 47 of the NZF Disciplinary Code, payable with 20 days of the date of notification of this decision.
  • North Shore Utd AFC shall be fined the sum of $200 pursuant to Regulations 8.9.2 of the Northern Regional Football League Regulations 2018 and Rules 31, 35 and 47 of the NZF Disciplinary Code, payable with 20 days of the date of notification of this decision.
  • The Body is of the opinion that the referee erred in issuing Ngadela with a red card pursuant to Rule 11 and that Ngadela was acting in self defence when he engaged in a fight with the father. Therefore, pursuant to Rules 68.2 and 72 of the NZF Disciplinary Code, this Body hereby rectifies the decision of the referee by rescinding the red card issued by the referee to Ngadela in the 70th minute of the game.
  • The match shall not be replayed and the score of 0-0 when the match was abandoned shall stand.

Any party intending to appeal must do so within seven days of notification of the decision, including reasons for the appeal.

Comments from Auckland Football Federation Chair Bob Patterson in relation to the findings:

“The AFF Board and the NRFL management consider these incidents extremely serious in nature and we fully support the decision of the Disciplinary Chair in determining the sanctions to be applied in both instances.”

“We view the NRFL as the premier winter football competition in the country and incidents such as these, in a competition which serves as a key step on the international pathway and helps to shape the behaviour of our aspiring young footballers, will simply not be tolerated.”

“Ahead of the 2019 season, AFF and the NRFL management will continue to work with all clubs and stakeholders to ensure everyone involved in our game is aware of their role in delivering a competition of the highest standards on and off the field of play.”

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