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Article 1 - Scope of Material Application

1.1. The present regulations shall govern the legal activities concerned with the Premier Handball League. Proceedings shall be conducted to penalize infringements of Regulations, including those of an administrative nature and in particular infringements committed prior to, during or after a game or while travelling to or from a venue or staying at a venue, and to settle disputes between League related entities and/ or individuals. Proceedings may be conducted to decide upon issues relating to players’ transfers between Franchisees or to PHL Sports India Private Limited activities.

1.2. The present regulations apply supplementary to the provisions of the Statutes and other PHL regulations. In case of inconsistency, the present regulations shall apply, except for the application of special legal procedures provided by the League’s regulations. 

 

Article 2 - Scope of Personal Application

2.1. The present regulations apply to:

  • Franchisees and their officials;
  • teams and their officials;
  • PHL Officials;
  • players;
  • PHL Executive Committee;

all persons charged by a franchisee, associated federation or club to exercise a function within the franchisee, team, club and/ or during the organisation of a match and/or on the occasion of a match.

2.2. In addition to their personal responsibility, franchisees/ associated federations and teams are accountable for the conduct of their players, members, officials, supporters and any other persons exercising a function within the franchisee, team, club and/ or during the organisation of a match and/ or on the occasion of a match on behalf of the franchisee or club and may be sanctioned accordingly.

 

Article 3 - Definitions

Chairperson (of the Governing Council): President, Vice President or Member of the Governing Council who chairs the panel in a specific case.

PHL Executive Committee: appointed persons having specific functions within PHL Sports India Private Limited and persons being appointed by PHL Sports India Private Limited for a specific task.

PHL Officials: Persons on assignments for Premier Handball League at official events including referees.

Official Areas: the players’ entrance, the dressing rooms, the players routing, the playing court, the playing court surrounding area(s) (including the substitution area), the media area(s) and the VIP area(s) of a playing hall.

President (of the Governing Council): The person chairing the Governing Council and designated as such by the Governing Council.

Regulations: any applicable PHL and/ or HFI regulations, IHF regulations, manuals and directives, including in particular:

  • The PHL Statutes
  • The PHL Code of Conduct
  • The PHL Anti-Corruption and Fair Competition Act (provided in Annex 1)
  • The PHL Rules on Safety and Security Procedures
  • The PHL Arena Construction & Set-up Manual
  • The PHL Apparel Branding Guidelines
  • The IHF Rules of the Game
  • The PHL Regulations for Anti-Doping / The WADA Anti-Doping Code

In these regulations the words “penalty” and “sanction” are considered to have the same meaning.

 

Article 4 - Anti-Corruption and Fair Competition Act, PHL’s Disclosure Policy, List of Penalties and Catalog of Administrative sanctions

The PHL Anti-Corruption and Fair Competition Act (Annex 1), the List of Penalties and the Catalog of Administrative Sanctions shall form an integral part of these Regulations.

 

Article 5 - Entry into Effect

5.1. The present legal regulations were adopted by the PHL Governing Council convening on May 26, 2020. They entered into force on July 1, 2020.

5.2. Claims, submissions, protests, petitions and any other request for PHL disciplinary/ legal proceedings submitted to the PHL Governing Council as from July 1, 2020 shall be handled and decided upon according to the present regulations.

Article 6 - Principle

6.1. Infringements of Regulations including those of an administrative nature, unsportsmanlike conduct, facts that may bring the sport of Handball and the Premier Handball League into disrepute as well as violent behavior in and around playing halls are subject to sanction.

6.2. Disputes between PHL Sports India Private Limited related entities and/ or individuals, issues relating to Handball competitions in India and/ or Premier Handball League activities as well as issues relating to players’ transfers between PHL Franchisees and clubs shall be decided upon according to the present regulations, any other applicable Regulations and the general principles of law.

6.3. Decisions and actions taken by referees on the playing court, including those based on HFI delegates’ recommendations, are factual decisions and shall be final.

6.4. The right to make adjustments that may prove necessary as a result of corrections of the referees’ report or, in the case of obvious error revealed by means of pertinent evidence such as reports by HFI Officials, television footage or video recordings, shall be reserved.

 

Article 7 - Corruption

7.1. Franchisees, teams, clubs and all related persons are responsible for, directly or indirectly, making or offering bribes, kickbacks, or other payments of money or any other undue advantages, valuable presents to anyone, including Officials, employees, or representatives of PHL Sports India Private Limited, any team, company, or public or international organisation, or to any other third party, for the purpose of wrongfully obtaining or retaining in any way undue advantages in connection with a match or a match result. They shall be sanctioned accordingly.

7.2. PHL Officials, contact persons or intermediaries are responsible in case of accepting and/or non-reporting such acting or attempts. They shall be sanctioned accordingly.

 

Article 8 - Claims for damages

8.1. Damage sustained as a result of infringements of Regulations including the withdrawal of teams or replays may be recovered from the offending party by claiming damages.

8.2. Such claims shall be decided upon in the ordinary procedure.

 

Article 9 - Limitation of Actions

9.1. The prosecution and enforcement of all matters within the scope of material and personal application of the present regulations shall be subject to a limitation period of two years.

9.2. Matters relating to compensation for the cost of education (education compensation) shall be exempt from this rule, with the limitation period being reduced to six months.

9.3. As a further exception to the rule in article 9.1., prosecution and enforcement of matters relating to corruption, of issues in connection with undue influence on a match or a match result or issues falling under the frame of the Anti-Corruption and Fair Competition Act shall be subject to period of limitations of ten years.

9.4. The prosecution and enforcement of any infringement related to anti-doping matters shall be subject to the limitation period expressly defined in the PHL Anti-Doping Regulations/ WADA Anti-Doping Code.

9.5. The point of time determining the beginning of the period of limitation for the legal prosecution shall be the time when the action was committed.

9.6. The period of limitation shall be interrupted by the initiation of proceedings.

 

Article 10 - Deadlines

10.1. The deadlines specified in the Regulations, in PHL directives and any other official manuals or communications cannot be extended as a matter of principle unless reasons for an extension of such deadlines are specifically given therein.

10.2. A deadline is deemed to have been met if evidence is produced demonstrating that dispatch (postmark, fax receipt, email confirmation) was made by 24:00 hours on the last day of the period allowed.

10.3. If a party is prevented from meeting a deadline by an event that is beyond its control and/ or non-deferrable, the period allowed in case the impediment can be satisfactorily explained shall begin at the time the impediment named has been removed. Satisfaction of these conditions shall be verified by the competent body.

Article 11 - Principle

Sanctions may be imposed by the administrative/ legal bodies in case of violation of an obligation expressly defined in the applicable Regulations and/ or in the official PHL directives and communications (letters, emails, faxes…).

 

Article 12 - Determination of Penalties/ Measures

12.1. Except in the case of administrative sanctions (cases listed in the Catalog of Administrative Sanctions) for which the administrative/ legal bodies are bound by the penalties defined in the Catalog of Administrative Sanctions, the administrative/ legal bodies shall determine the type and extent of the penalties and measures to be imposed considering all the objective and subjective elements of the case as well as all mitigating and aggravating circumstances, within the frame provided in articles 13, 14, 15 and, when relevant, in the List of Penalties. If a party is not found guilty, the proceedings shall be dismissed.

12.2. Suspension/ exclusion can be defined in number of matches instead of time period (days/ months/ years) when deemed appropriate by the Executive Committee/ Governing Council.

12.3. Besides the penalties listed in the List of Penalties, other kind(s) of penalties defined under articles 14 and 15 hereunder may be imposed by the Executive Committee/ Governing Council according to the circumstances of the cases.

12.4. The PHL Governing Council may decide to impose on an individual, team and/ or a franchisee sanctioned with any kind of penalties (including administrative sanctions) or measures to compensate, the additional costs and expenses and financial damages (including damages and/ or fines paid to third parties) suffered by PHL Sports India Private Limited, by an individual and/ or by a participating team/ franchisee/ club as a result of the offences committed by the individual, team and/ franchisee or club.

 

Article 13 - Recurrence

13.1. The Executive Committee/ Governing Council may increase (up to double unless expressly otherwise provided in the List of Penalties) the penalties provided in the List of Penalties and the Catalog of Administrative Sanctions in case of a recurrence of the infringement.

13.2. Recurrence occurs if penalties/ measures have to be imposed again within five years of a previous offence of a similar nature. Recurrence counts as an aggravating circumstance.

 

Article 14 - Penalties against franchisees and Teams/ Measures

14.1. The PHL Executive Committee/ Governing Council may impose the following penalties/ measures on franchisees/ teams and clubs:

  • warning;
  • administrative/ organisational measures;
  • fines (including administrative fines);
  • deduction of some or all points scored in the competitions concerned; forfeiture;
  • suspension from participation in PHL activities for a number of matches or a specific period of time;
  • exclusion from participation in future PHL activities for a number of matches or a specific period of time;
  • cancellation of matches;
  • annulment/ correction of the match result;
  • match replay;
  • ban on the venue;
  • ban on spectators;
  • withdrawal of a title or award;
  • supervision of matches. 

14.2. A fine shall not be less than INR 1000 and shall not be more than INR 5,000,000. 

14.3. The penalties and measures named above may be imposed individually or cumulatively.

 

Article 15 - Penalties against individuals

15.1. The PHL Executive Committee/ Governing Council may impose the following penalties on individuals:

  • warning;
  • suspension from participation in PHL activities for a number of matches or a specific period of time;
  • temporary or permanent suspension from carrying out a function concerned with the Premier Handball League;
  • fines (including administrative fines);
  • exclusion from participation in future PHL activities for a number of matches or a specific period of time;
  • withdrawal of a title or award.

15.2. A fine shall not be less than INR 1000 and shall not be more than INR 1,000,000.

15.3. The penalties named above may be imposed individually or cumulatively.

 

Article 16 - Suspensions/ Exclusions

16.1. Suspensions/ exclusions (from participation in competition and activities and/ or from carrying out a function) are pronounced to penalize in particular:

  • serious unsportsmanlike conduct;
  • assault or insult directed against referees, officials, players or spectators;
  • use of players not eligible to play or suspended;
  • unsportsmanlike conduct of teams, officials or other persons involved in the game.

16.2. Individuals who have been suspended/ excluded may have the right to enter playing halls as spectators but shall not participate in any match preparation activity, shall not enter any Official Areas nor be in contact with players and/ or officials of their team/ franchisee/ associated federation (neither directly nor via electronic means).

 

Article 17 - Suspension of Penalties

Except in the case of administrative sanctions (cases listed in the Catalog of Administrative Sanctions), penalties may be suspended for reasons to be named by the PHL Executive Committee/ Governing Council for a probation period to be specified, provided that the aim to be achieved by the decision can also be reached in this manner.

 

Article 18 - Application of Penalties

18.1. The PHL Executive Committee/ Governing Council decide in the respective decision whether suspensions/ exclusions of players, Functionaries, officials, referees, and any other individual shall apply, during the period for which they are pronounced, in respect of participation in competition at team level or in a specific competition only.

18.2. The point of time relevant for application of a penalty shall be the time the penalty was pronounced, unless provided otherwise by the decision.

 

Article 19 - Temporary Injunction

Temporary injunctions may be issued to preserve and protect parties’ rights to the extent to which this is deemed necessary by the competent legal body.

 

Article 20 - Provisional Suspension

In the case of serious disciplinary offences, the President of the PHL Governing Council may impose a preliminary temporary suspension not exceeding two months.

Article 21 - Administrative Bodies

PHL Sports India Private Limited Office departments shall form the administrative bodies responsible, as first instance, for deciding upon administrative infringements punishable according to the Catalog of Administrative Sanctions and upon issues relating to players transfers between the PHL Franchisees and clubs.

 

Article 22 - Legal Bodies

22.1. PHL Sports India Private Limited legal bodies are independent and impartial bodies.

22.2. PHL Sports India Private Limited legal bodies are the PHL Executive Committee and the PHL Governing Council.

22.3. The Executive Committee is responsible as first instance for disciplinary adjudication within the framework of the legal system of PHL Sports India Private Limited and its franchisees/ teams/ clubs, i.e. for punishing violations of Regulations including those of an administrative nature not under the jurisdiction of the Administrative Bodies according to article 21, for settling disputes between Premier Handball League related entities and/ or individuals, and for deciding upon any other issues relating to League activities, except those under the jurisdiction of the Administrative Bodies according to article 21.

22.4. If the Administrative Bodies do not decide upon an issue under their jurisdiction according to article 21 within six (6) weeks from the start of the proceedings, the Executive Committee shall have jurisdiction and shall decide upon such issue.

22.5. The Governing Council is responsible, as second instance, for disciplinary adjudication within the framework of the legal system of PHL Sports India Private Limited and its franchisees/ teams/ clubs, i.e. for punishing violations of Regulations including those of an administrative nature, for deciding upon issues relating to player transfers between PHL franchisees and teams as well as upon any other issues relating to Premier Handball League activities, and for settling disputes between Premier Handball League related entities and/or individuals.

 

Article 23 - The PHL Executive Committee

23.1. The Executive Committee shall consist of a President, two Vice-Presidents and six (6) Members appointed by the board of PHL Sports India Private Limited.

23.2. To settle cases and pass decisions, the Executive Committee shall be composed of three (3) persons. It shall be chaired by the President, a Vice-President or, if necessary, a Member. The Chairperson and the Members shall be appointed by the President of the Executive Committee on a case-by-case basis.

 

Article 24 - The PHL Governing Council

24.1. The Governing Council shall consist of a President, one Vice-President and five (5) Members appointed by the board of PHL Sports India Private Limited.

24.2. To settle cases and pass decisions, the Governing Council shall be composed of three (3) persons. It shall be chaired by the President, the Vice-President or, if necessary, a Member. The Chairperson and the Members shall be appointed by the President of the Governing Council on a case-by-case basis.

 

Article 25 - Parties

25.1. Parties may be all physical persons or legal entities able to demonstrate a prima facie legal or factual interest in a matter.

25.2. PHL Sports India Private Limited may be a party according to article 25.1 with all related rights, including the right to initiate proceedings, to appeal decisions and to file claim with the Indian Court of Arbitration for Sports.

 

Article 26 - Initiator of Proceedings

26.1. The initiator of proceeding is responsible for ensuring a fair balance in all legal proceedings concerned with the Premier Handball League. She/ he may, on behalf of PHL Sports India Private Limited, initiate legal proceedings, appeal first instance decisions of the PHL administrative/ legal bodies and file claims with the Indian Court of Arbitration for Sports. 
 

Article 27 - Reports

27.1. PHL Officials have the duty to report relevant incidents, actions, failures and violations of the Regulations to PHL Sports India Private Limited Office in writing.

27.2. If a match report with remark(s) or a special report is submitted by a PHL Official, proceedings are automatically initiated.

 

Article 28 - Other Ways of Initiating Proceedings

28.1. Proceedings may be initiated by submissions or protests by the HFI and/ or franchisees/ teams concerned as well as the Tournament Director of the Premier Handball League.

28.2. Unless otherwise provided in the Premier Handball League regulations, a registration fee of INR 10000 shall be transferred to PHL Sports India Private Limited bank account within two (2) days after the filing of a submission or a protest by the teams and/ or franchisees concerned. Evidence that payment was made (payment order) shall be submitted. However, this registration fee is not applicable to submissions or protests by HFI.

28.3. If the registration fee is not paid or a respective proof of payment is not submitted within the aforementioned deadline, the protest/ submission shall be deemed withdrawn.

28.4. If the protest/ submission is fully granted, the fee shall be refunded; otherwise the fee shall be forfeited to the credit of PHL Sports India Private Limited.

28.5. Proceedings may also be initiated when PHL Sports India Private Limited is alerted by third parties of circumstances that may constitute a disciplinary offence, a violation of the Regulations including those of an administrative nature, or an issue relating to the League. Such cases shall be reviewed for their relevance by PHL Sports India Private Limited Office, which may, if deemed appropriate, require the opening of legal proceedings.

28.6. Moreover, PHL Sports India Private Limited is entitled to institute legal proceedings before the competent legal bodies concerned with Premier Handball League on the basis of its own and/ or other parties’ observations (including media, digital or electronic recordings) after having conducted a preliminary investigation of the facts of the case.

28.7. Issues in connection with other Handball competitions, including activities relating thereto and persons involved therein, that do not directly lead to the institution of legal proceedings under applicable regulations may be subject to examination and investigation by PHL Sports India Private Limited.

 

Article 29 - Petition

29.1. Upon a petition by those involved/ the parties, PHL legal bodies shall settle disputes between franchisees/ clubs as well as disputes between a franchisee/ HFI and teams/ players if such action appears indicated.

29.2. In cases in which a franchisee/ team/ club/ player induces, through misrepresentations, another franchisee/ team/ club/ player induces to commit actions being of relevance within the framework of PHL Regulations, a franchisee/ team/ club/ player induces shall have the right to submit a petition requesting that PHL legal bodies clarify the situation and pass a decision.

29.3. A registration fee of INR 10000 shall be transferred to the PHL Sports India Private Limited bank account within two (2) days after the filing of the petition. Evidence that the payment was made (payment order) shall be submitted. The registration fee is forfeit to the credit of PHL Sports India Private Limited.

29.4. If the registration fee is not paid within the aforementioned deadline or a respective proof of payment is not submitted, the protest/ submission shall be deemed withdrawn.

 

Article 30 - Formal Admissibility

Upon receipt of a protest, submission, request for initiation of proceedings or appeals by any entity, individual, PHL Sports India Private Limited or the initiator of proceedings, the President of the relevant legal body shall verify the formal admissibility of the protest, submission, request or appeal according to the relevant Regulations.

 

Article 31 - Notification

The parties shall be notified of the initiation of proceedings in writing.

Article 32 – Written/ Oral proceedings

32.1. As a matter of principle, proceedings shall be conducted in writing. The parties are invited to provide written statements, except in the case of administrative sanctions (cases listed in the Catalog of Administrative Sanctions) where sanctions may be imposed without statements from the parties.

32.2. Except in the case of administrative sanctions (cases listed in the Catalog of Administrative Sanctions), the parties as well as the legal bodies shall have the right to request the proceedings to be conducted orally and/ or a hearing to take place. In that case, the parties shall be invited to be heard.

32.3. The absence of one or all of the parties during oral proceedings and/ or hearings does not prevent the legal body from taking a decision. 
 

Article 33 - Deliberations

33.1. Decisions may be decisions on the merits, on procedural matters or decisions of dismissal.

33.2. When proceedings are conducted orally, deliberations may be held and decisions passed in the absence of the persons involved, after the parties have been heard and witnesses questioned, if applicable.

 

Article 34 - Vote

The legal bodies shall take decisions by a simple majority of votes.

 

Article 35 - Form

35.1. Every decision shall be notified in writing.

35.2. Subject to the foregoing, the legal panel may decide to provide a verbal outcome of the decision to the parties at the end of oral proceedings and/ or hearings conducted.

35.3. Except in the case of administrative sanctions (cases listed in the Catalog of Administrative Sanctions), decisions shall include the following points:

  • the composition of the body passing the decision;
  • the subject matter of the proceedings;
  • the parties’ names;
  • a brief statement of the facts;
  • the decision;
  • the order for payment of costs;
  • the reasons;
  • the signature of the Chairperson of the legal body, given, if necessary, on their behalf by the person executing the document;
  • right to appeal information.

 

Article 36 - Service of Decisions

36.1. Decisions shall be served by PHL Sports India Private Limited Office.

36.2. Decisions concerning teams and individuals shall be served on the respective franchise/ club. Franchisees/ club shall pass on all information, documents and decisions to the relevant team/ individual.

36.3. In cases in which this is deemed necessary or has been requested, decisions may be served directly on the team or the person concerned.

36.4. As a matter of principle, decisions shall be served by email or registered letter. A decision shall be deemed delivered as soon as it has been received in the party’s area of responsibility or authority.

 

Article 37 - Enforcement

37.1. PHL Sports India Private Limited Office shall enforce the final decisions passed by the administrative/ legal bodies.

37.2. Unless otherwise provided in the decision, pecuniary fines, administrative penalties, procedural costs and/ or damages shall be paid within two (2) months after the decision has been served.

37.3. The amount of the fines, administrative penalty(ies), procedural costs and /or damages decided by the PHL administrative/ legal bodies shall be increased by 20% if they are not paid by the date defined in the decision imposing the payment of such fine, penalty, costs or damages or, if a date is not specified, within two months after the service of the relevant decision. If payment is still not made within another two months, the rights of the defaulting franchise/ team/ player/ official shall be suspended and it/ he/ she shall be excluded from Premier Handball League until payment is made.

37.4. Financial claims/ liabilities between parties resulting from final decisions may be settled and enforced by PHL Sports India Private Limited.

 

Article 38 - Recognition of sanctions of PHL Franchisees

38.1. The Executive Committee may extend sanctions imposed by a franchisee for serious offences to the Premier Handball League at the request of the Franchisee in question.

38.2. The request must be made in writing to PHL Sports India Private Limited and be accompanied by all documentation relating to the case, with a respective translation if necessary.

38.3. An extension shall be granted when the decision on which the request is based complies with the general principle of law and with PHL Regulations.

38.4. In so far as they are confirmed by HFI Anti-Doping Unit, measures/ decisions taken by franchisees in relation to doping shall be automatically recognized by PHL Sports India Private Limited.

Article 39 - Right of Appeal

39.1. Decisions of the administrative bodies and of the Executive Committee may be appealed to the Governing Council by the parties.

39.2. Unless otherwise provided in other Regulations, any appeal against a decision of the administrative bodies or the Executive Committee shall be received by the PHL Sports India Private Limited Office in writing no later than seven (7) days after the service of the underlying decision. Appeals may be transmitted by email.

39.3. An appeal fee of INR 10000 shall be transferred to the PHL Sports India Private Limited bank account at the same time the appeal is filed with the PHL Sports India Private Limited Office and in any case not later than seven (7) days after the service of the underlying decision. Evidence that payment was made (payment order) shall be submitted.

39.4. If the appeal fee is not paid within the above mentioned time limit, the appeal shall be deemed withdrawn.

39.5. If the appeal is fully granted, the fee shall be refunded; otherwise the appeal fee shall be forfeited to the credit of PHL Sports India Private Limited.

39.6. Decisions that may be passed in appeal proceedings include confirmation, revision or dismissal of the decision of the first instance as well as revocation and remission of the case to the body of first instance. The body in appeal shall not be bound by the parties’ petition.

39.7. However, if the basis on which a decision was made was affected by grave errors including the submission of incorrect or forged documents, a revocation of the decision by which the matter was settled (reopening of the case) may be sought by the parties or initiated by PHL Sports India Private Limited. The request for revocation/ case reopening shall be received by PHL Sports India Private Limited Office within fifteen (15) days after the grave error was known or should have been known to the requesting party. The decision to reopen a case is taken jointly by the Presidents of the Governing Council.

 

Article 40 - Effect of Appeal

40.1. Provided that these regulations or the decision of the first instance do(es) not provide otherwise, an appeal to the Governing Council shall suspend the effects of the underlying decision.

40.2. As an exception to article 40.1, appeals in matters relating to player transfers shall not have any suspensive effect.

40.3. In the event of disagreement on whether the conditions for an exclusion of suspensive effects are met, the matter shall be decided by the President of the Governing Council.

Article 41 - Claim before the ICAS – Principles

41.1. The Indian Court of Arbitration for Sports may be used by the parties concerned upon exhaustion of all legal remedies available for disputes and matters within the competence of PHL Sports India Private Limited administrative/ legal bodies.

41.2. A statement of claim shall be lodged in writing and in duplicate with the ICAS Office along with the nomination of one (1) arbitrator from the ICAS List of Arbitrators within twenty-one (21) days following written notification of the final decision of the Governing Council.

41.3. If a period of six months has passed since the matter was brought before the PHL legal body without a decision having been made, parties to legal disputes shall have the right to take recourse to ICAS. In case of material reasons being out of the sphere of influence of PHL legal body, the six-months period may be regarded as interrupted or suspended.

41.4. Disputes and matters outside the competence of PHL administrative/ legal bodies may be brought to the ICAS upon expressed recognition by the parties concerned of the ICAS’s competence to settle the disputes/matters.

41.5. The proceedings shall be conducted according to the Rules of Arbitration for the ICAS.

 

Article 42 - Claim before the ICAS - Costs

42.1. An advance payment as directed by ICAS shall be paid by the claimant to the ICAS no later than one (1) week after the filing of the statement of claim. If this amount is not received on the ICAS bank account in due time, the claim shall be deemed withdrawn.

42.2. The advance payment is composed of:

  • arbitration fee;
  • advance payment of the arbitration proceedings costs.

 

Article 43 - Claim before the ICAS - No Suspensive Effect

43.1. Filing a claim with the ICAS does not suspend the implementation of the last decision taken by the PHL legal body.

43.2. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the ICAS may, on request of any of the parties, order the filing of the claim to have suspensive effect.

Article 44 - Administrative Support

PHL Sports India Private Limited shall be at the disposal of the legal bodies for the performance of administrative and organisational tasks. The participation in proceedings (including attendance at hearings) of administrative staff having no authority to pass decisions is permitted.

 

Article 45 - Independence

45.1. The legal bodies and their members are independent and not bound by any instructions.

45.2. A member of a legal body shall be deemed prejudiced in any case in which that franchisee’s own team or an official or a player is involved.

 

Article 46 - Confidentiality

46.1. The members of the administrative/ legal bodies shall not disclose any information or document obtained in the course of the proceedings.

46.2. The parties to proceedings before the PHL legal bodies shall not disclose to third party any information or document obtained in the course of the proceedings.

 

Article 47 - Evidence

47.1. The members of the administrative/ legal bodies shall pass their decisions on the basis of documents in hand, witnesses’ and experts’ testimony. Other pertinent evidence may be used including (without limitation) television footage, video recordings as well as further evidence obtained by the members of the legal body and/ or those involved/ the parties requested to provide a written or oral statement of their positions.

47.2. In cases in which an act of violence was committed but not detected which would have resulted in the exclusion of the offending player, pertinent evidence as named in article 47.1 may be used as a basis for penalization by the members of the legal bodies at a later date.

 

Article 48 - Costs

48.1. The parties shall be responsible for the costs of their own counsel, witnesses, experts, interpreters (if relevant), travel and living expenses.

48.2. The other costs of the proceedings shall be borne fully or in part by the party found guilty or the losing party.

48.3. If a party requests the proceedings to be conducted orally or a hearing to be held, the costs of the proceedings including travel and living expenses of the members of the legal body and the cost of questioning witnesses and experts shall be borne by the requesting party, unless decided otherwise by the legal body.

48.4. The administrative/ legal bodies shall further decide in the ordinary procedure whether costs, other than the proceedings costs specified here above, shall be reimbursed by any of the parties, taking into consideration all circumstances of the case.

 
Article 49 - Legal Assistance/ Representation

49.1. The parties may be represented or assisted.

49.2. If a party wishes to be represented, the relevant power of attorney shall be presented to the PHL administrative/ legal body.

1.1. The Anti-Corruption and Fair Competition Act includes any of the following violations:

  • Corruption including bribe and offering, requesting or receiving any undue advantages
  • Undue influence on a match or a match result
  • Any information which is likely to influence the actions of (legal) entities or persons on a long-term basis (pressure, blackmailing, threats, secrets, etc.)
  • The receipt or acceptance of presents or gifts, except small items of remembrance
  • Any violation of the PHL Code of Conduct or the PHL Code of Conduct Agreement
  • Manipulations in connection with betting or lottery gains
  • The violation of the obligation to report observations in connection with corruption and unfair competition

1.2. Any act of corruption including bribe and offering, requesting or receiving any undue advantages shall be regarded as substantial violations of core values of PHL Sports India Private Limited, its statutes and regulations. Penalties and sanctions shall be imposed accordingly.

1.3. Violations of the principles of honest effort to follow the rules and the spirit of fairness as well as sportsmanlike conduct by franchisees, teams, PHL officials and/ or related parties may result in a monetary fine of up to INR 75,000.

1.4. Violations of fundamental principles of organisation, security and protection endangering the fair and uninfluenced carrying out of competitions by all parties involved shall result in a suspension of the franchisee, team and/ or person concerned for up to two years and/ or a pecuniary fine of between INR 5,000 and INR 750,000.

1.5. Violations of the Anti-Corruption and Fair Competition act including all related regulations as well as comparable actions against fundamental principles of fairness and sportsmanship shall result in a suspension of the team, PHL official and/ or person concerned for up to ten years and a pecuniary fine of between INR 20,000 and INR 5,000,000.

1.6. A sporting result achieved by using undue means may result in the exclusion/ suspension from the respective competition, medals awarded as well as prize money may be recalled and titles gained may be removed.

1.7. Violations of correct reporting on any occurrences and observations in connection with corruption and undue influence shall result in a suspension of the entities and persons concerned for up to ten years and a pecuniary fine of between INR 10,000 and INR 750,000.

I. Introduction

It is PHL Sports India Private Limited’s strong commitment to protect handball’s fairness and integrity on and off the playing court. In this context, information provided by third persons (“Informant”) may constitute valuable contributions to identify and rectify potential wrongdoings that may otherwise not surface. These persons must feel trust to come forward, which implies clear reporting, investigative, prosecution and adjudicatory channels ensuring transparency, independence and impartiality at every stage. In the event of unexpected situation, the PHL Executive Committee will implement the required modifications to find a suitable solution.

 

II. Disclosure of an Alleged Misconduct

Disclosure

The Informant may report an alleged wrongdoing through any of PHL Sports India Private Limited’s reporting channel. Nevertheless the possibility to do so via the Initiator of Proceedings through the dedicated and secured reporting platform is encouraged: i.e. https://premierhandball.com/contact-us.

Wrongdoing

A wrongdoing is any violation of PHL’s Statutes, Regulations, Code of Conduct or competitions Integrity which has allegedly been, is being or is likely to be committed.

Cooperation and Confidentiality

The Informant shall cooperate in good faith and provide reasonable and substantiated elements. His/ her anonymity will be protected unless he/ she decides otherwise.

 

III. Role of the Initiator of Procedure (“IoP”) and Procedure

Procedure

The IoP receives the initial alert, acknowledges receipt, ensures the anonymity and protection of the Informant, keeps the latter informed on the investigation status and requests further information/ documents if necessary.

Investigation

The IoP is solely responsible to investigate the allegations made by the Informant, on the basis of which he/ she shall decide, in a grounded decision and in writing, whether or not to request the initiation of further proceedings with the Executive Committee in accordance with PHL Legal Regulations. The decision shall be communicated to the Informant and the Governing Council President and Vice-President.

Within the framework of the investigation, the IoP may use internal and external intelligence platforms to gather all pertinent evidence as defined in Article 47 of the PHL Legal Regulations and has full discretion as to how the investigation is conducted. If the IoP deems fit, he/ she may request the assistance of PHL Sports India Private Limited Legal Department, the latter being bound by confidentiality.

In case of conflict of interest, the IoP shall immediately report to the Governing Council President and Secretary General and the PHL Executive Committee may nominate a substitute.

IoP’s Decision

A decision not to request the initiation of further proceedings may be appealed by the board of PHL Sports India Private Limited to the Executive Committee. The formal conditions defined in Article 39 of the PHL Legal Regulations apply.

General
  • Administrative offences/ Failure or delay to provide required information and/ or document(s) to the PHL Sports India Private Limited: Fine from INR 1,500 to INR 75,000
  • Any delay or failure in making reports to PHL Sports India Private Limited: Fine up to INR 22,500

 

Payment Obligations
  • Failure to make payments to PHL Sports India Private Limited by the due dates (of amounts exceeding INR 37,500): Fine up to INR 7,500
  • First recurrence of infringement: Fine up to INR 22,500
  • Any further recurrences: Fine up to INR 75,000 and exclusion from Premier Handball League

 

Information about Players

Provision of incorrect information about a player by the player himself/ herself or by a team: Fine from INR 37,500 to INR 300,000/ Suspension/ Exclusion of up to 2 years

(by a team, a franchisee, their officials, a player, a Premier Handball League Official, a PHL Sports India Private Limited Functionary or any other person charge by a franchisee or team to exercise a function within the franchisee or team and/ or during the organisation of a match and/ or at the occasion of match)

 

Direct Disqualification
  • Suspension/ Exclusion up to 6 matches / Fine: up to INR 200,000
  • If act of violence/ severe unsportsmanlike conduct: Suspension/ Exclusion up to 3 years/ Fine: up to INR 500,000

 

Unsportsmanlike conduct before, during or after a competition and/ or a League activity
  • Suspension/ Exclusion up to 1 year /Fine: up to INR 150,000
  • If act of violence /severe unsportsmanlike conduct: Suspension/ Exclusion up to 4 years/ Fine: up to INR 800,000

 

Improper, menacing, intimidating conduct towards Officials or opponents before, during or after a competition and/ or a Premier Handball League activity/ Derogatory remarks or statements that could damage the image of Handball and/ or of the Premier Handball League or bring it into disrepute during a press conference or in the media, including social media
  • Suspension/ Exclusion up to 1 year /Fine: up to INR 150,000

 

Failure to maintain discipline on the playing court/ Inadequate protection of referees, officials or the visiting team
  • Fine: up to INR 150,000/ ban on venue may be imposed
  • The sanctions defined in the catalog of penalties of the PHL Rules on Safety and Security Procedure shall be an integral part of these Regulations and may be applied cumulatively

 

Fundamental violations of PHL Statutes and Regulations
  • Fine from INR 1,500 up to INR 300,000

 

Participation of a player not eligible to play or suspended
  • The participation of a player who has been suspended and/ or is not eligible to play during a match of a competition organised by PHL Sports India Private Limited shall result in the match being scored as lost with the same result and in any case with 0:10 goals and 0:2 points
  • If this infringement is seen as a severe unsportsmanlike conduct: Suspension of the team until end of the running season may be imposed/ Fine: up to INR 150,000

 

Abandonment of a match through a fault attributable to a team
  • Exclusion from the rest of the competition/ Suspension/ Exclusion up to 2 seasons/ Fine: from INR 37,500 to INR 250,000/ Payment of all damages and costs arising to its opponents, the Premier Handball League, and/ or their contractual partners

 

Failure to play a match through a fault attributable to a team
  • Exclusion from the rest of the competition/ Suspension up to 2 seasons/ Fine: up to INR 350,000/ Payment of all damages and costs arising to its opponents, the Premier Handball League, and/ or their contractual partners

 

Late arrival at the venue by a team- match played
  • Fine: up to INR 200,000/ Payment of all damages and costs arising to its opponents, the Premier Handball League and/ or their contractual partners

Any withdrawal from the Premier Handball League by a team shall be regarded as a forfeit and shall carry the following sanctions, additionally to the forfeit of the franchisee fee to the credit of PHL Sports India Private Limited. Payment of all damages and costs arising to the participants, the organizer, PHL Sports India Private Limited, and/ or their contractual partners may additionally be ordered.

 

Premier Handball League

After the official entry date of the competition: Fine of INR 250,000/ Suspension/ Exclusion from entering Premier Handball League for a minimum of 1 season and up to 2 seasons 
 

Marketing/ advertisement/ media. Violation of the applicable Regulations, manuals, PHL directives regarding
  • Advertisement set-up and use in the playing hall and related areas: Fine from INR 5,000 to INR 500,000
  • Advertisement/ badges on the team players kits/ PHL exclusive advertisement rights: Fine from INR 5,000 to INR 250,000/ Suspension of the player until correct implementation may be required
  • Implementation and use of the PHL competition corporate identity: Fine from INR 5,000 to INR 100,000
  • Use of PHL partners’ equipment (balls…)/ PHL partners’ equipment exclusivity during official training sessions and matches: Fine from INR 5,000 to INR 250,000
  • International TV signal production: Fine from INR 20,000 to INR 800,000
  • Admission of media representatives (TV, radio, etc.): Fine from INR 5,000 to INR 30,000 per person

 

Venue set-up. Violation of the applicable Regulations, manuals, PHL directives regarding
  • Availability of the playing hall/ Availability of the required facilities, equipment and/ or venue infrastructure in the playing hall and related areas: Fine from INR 10,000 to INR 75,000
  • Facilities, equipment and/ or venue infrastructure requirements in the playing hall and related areas: Fine from INR 5,000 to INR 100,000
  • Handball floor requirements: Fine from INR 20,000 to INR 350,000/ Ban on the venue may be imposed
  • Placement of competition banners, competition logos, panels, table and/ or mike flags in the playing hall and related areas: Fine from INR 5,000 to INR 100,000
  • Availability of the required court personnel including time/ score keeper and personnel for floor/ advertisement set-up and removal: Fine from INR 5,000 to INR 50,000
  • Professional requirements of court personnel: Fine from INR 5,000 to INR 50,000
  • Accommodation, local transport and board of the guest team(s) and/ or PHL Officials: INR 5,000 to INR 50,000

 

Security and Safety. Violation of the applicable Regulations, manuals PHL directives regarding
  • Non-compliance with instructions issued by the security delegate shall be punishable by a suspension not exceeding 2 years and a fine up to INR 225,000 (depending on the consequences or the hazard)
  • Unsportsmanlike conduct of the public towards players, coaches, officials, fans, spectators, etc. shall be punishable by a fine up to INR 150,000
  • Encouraging rioting among the public shall be punishable by a fine up to INR 150,000
  • Throwing objects not presenting any hazard shall be punishable by a fine up to INR 75,000
  • Throwing objects that may inflict injury shall be punishable by a fine up to INR 300,000 plus a ban on spectators up to 4 matches
  • Endangering spectators, officials, players, etc. in any other manner shall be punishable by a fine up to INR 150,000; if the incident causes an interruption of the match, by a fine up to INR 225,000 plus a ban on spectators up to 2 matches; if the incident causes the early termination of the match, by a fine up to INR 300,000 plus a ban on spectators up to 5 matches
  • If an incident causes bodily injury, a fine up to INR 375,000 shall be imposed plus a ban on spectators from 1 to 10 matches
  • Invasion of the playing court by an unauthorized person shall be punishable by a fine up to INR 75,000; aggressive behavior on the part of the invading person may raise the fine up to INR 150,000 and lead to the imposition of a ban on spectators in up to 4 matches
  • Unsatisfactory organisation of a match as well as the provision of unsatisfactory technical equipment shall be punishable by a fine up to INR 75,000; if the unsatisfactory performance is related to security personnel or safety and security measures, the fine may amount to up to INR 150,000 and a ban may be imposed on the venue

 

Incorrect conduct of the public announcer during an official match
  • Fine from INR 10,000 to INR 30,000

 

Match protocol, official ceremony procedures and/ or HFI delegate instructions not followed or incorrectly implemented by any team or individual involved in an official match and/ or in an official ceremony
  • Fine from INR 5,000 to INR 50,000
  • If causing a delay in the start of the match (first half time/ second half time): Fine from INR 10,000 to INR 50,000

Players’ Data
  • Provision of incorrect information about players’ personal data in transfer cases: Fine up to INR 75,000
  • In recurring cases: Fine up to INR 225,000/ Exclusion/ Suspension of up to 2 years

 

15- Day Period
  • Non-observance of the 15-day period in the case of transfer inquiries: Fine up to INR 7,500
  • First recurrence of infringement: Fine up to INR 22,500
  • Any further recurrences: Fine up to INR 75,000

 

Reporting of Transfers
  • Failure to report completed transfers to PHL Sports India Private Limited (penalty imposed on receiving Franchisee): Fine up to INR 7500
  • First recurrence of infringement: Fine up to INR 22,500
  • Any further recurrences: a fine up to INR 75,000

 

Illegal Issuing of Playing Permits
  • Illegal issuing of playing permits by franchisee: Fine up to INR 75,000/ Exclusion /Suspension of up to 3 years

 

Signing Two or More Contracts
  • Signing of two or more contracts for the same period by a player: Fine from INR 37,500 to INR 300,000/ Exclusion/ Suspension for up to 2 years

The sanctions defined in the PHL Regulations for Anti-Doping apply to Premier Handball League.

Forgery of Documents
  • Forgery of documents by a franchisee, a club, a player: Fine up to INR 150,000/ Suspension/ Exclusion for up to 3 years

 

Anti-Corruption and Fair Competition Act
  • The sanctions defined in the Anti-Corruption and Fair Competition Act (Annex 1) shall form an integral part of the List of Penalties. 
     

Principles
  • Without prejudice to other PHL regulations providing administrative sanctions, PHL administrative body may impose the administrative sanctions listed hereunder.
  • The sanctions of the Catalog of Administrative Sanctions may be imposed on a team, a franchisee and/ or their players, officials, representative. only if the respective obligation was binding on them according to the applicable PHL Regulations, PHL directives and/ or the PHL official communications (emails, fax, letters…) and if such obligation was violated.
  • If sanctions applicable to the violation of obligations set out in the PHL Regulations, PHL directives and/ or PHL official communications are not expressly defined in the Catalog of Administrative Sanctions, they shall be decided in accordance with article 12.1 of the Legal Regulations and the List of Penalties.

 

Failure to submit the following information, document(s) and/or material(s) within the required deadline or submission in violation of the defined requirements

To the PHL Sports India Private Limited

  • Players’ information sheets INR 1,000 per sheet
  • Photos/ pictures, logos, mascot design, match report, match press release, match details, team/ franchisee contact details, custom and visa documents INR 2,000 per item
  • Accredited media information INR 3,000 per item
  • Print layouts of branding material INR 5,000 per print layout
  • Signed PHL Code of Conduct INR 10,000

To the relevant team(s)/ franchisee(s)

  • Local advertising limitations INR 10,000
  • Travel information INR 2,000
  • Visa requirements/ invitation (for visas) INR 5,000

Others

  • Team/ franchisee Internet website availability: Premier Handball League: INR 10,000
  • Team/ Franchisee Internet website- content: In Premier Handball League: INR 2,000 per missing item

 

Failure to set-up the following playing hall equipment or set-up in violation of the defined requirements
  • Substitution area equipment INR 10,000 per item
  • Catch net, score board, goal, flags, light, heating INR 10,000 per item
  • Places reserved for disqualified players, for teams, massage table in dressing rooms, sign posting INR 3,000

 

Choice and/ or use of players’ kit in violation of the applicable PHL Regulations
  • Incorrect color(s) of the players’ kit(s) INR 5,000
  • Incorrect placement and/or size of player(s)’s number(s) or of player(s)’s name(s) on player(s)’ clothing: In Premier Handball League: INR 10,000 per number/ per name; INR 50,000 per team
  • Incorrect player(s)’ number(s) on player(s) clothing: In Premier Handball League: INR 20,000 per number

 

Failure to comply with the defined match organisation requirements regarding
  • Availability of the required hall for pre-match training/ warm-ups INR 10,000
  • Official PHL fair-play announcement INR 5,000
  • Payment of the HFI Officials’ relevant costs, expenses and fees (timelines, currency, etc.) INR 5,000
  • Language skills of the nominated team contact person INR 5,000

Failure by the required team and/ or a franchisee representative(s) to attend/participate in:

  • A press conference INR 10,000
  • An official competition draw/ an official competition workshop or coordination meeting/ a final banquet after official confirmation INR 5,000