Re-registration hearing – Pierce Liddle

AFLNT wishes to advise an independent Re-registration Panel (made up of three members) met on Wednesday 29 May 2019 to hear an application from Pierce Liddle, of Southern Districts Football Club, seeking to be re-registered.

The Panel granted Liddle’s application and he is now eligible to re-register as a player or official with either Pioneer Football Club in the Central Australian Football League or Southern Districts Football Club in the Northern Territory Football League. 

Once his re-registration is submitted and approved then Liddle is eligible to transfer clubs as per normal player movement guidelines. 

The Re-Registration panel chair said;

“The submissions presented to the Re-Registration Panel by Pierce centred largely around his background as an individual and as a football player. He explained how he came to be in the position he was of being deregistered before a lot of focus was placed on what he has done in the last 12 months to rehabilitate and to gain insight into his behaviour and how that put him in the position of being deregistered. 

“We are satisfied that Pierce has met the criteria under the national guidelines, which speak to; being genuinely rehabilitated, unlikely to reoffend and that he does not pose an unacceptable risk to other players or officials, to earn re-registration with the controlling body.” 

Liddle understands that the National Player and Official Deregistration Policy (October 2018) states under the rule; 

3.3 (g) iv) if a Player or Official is re-registered in accordance with this section 3.3, and subsequently receives a Suspension as a result of a Reportable Offence, that Player or Official will be permanently deregistered and forever prohibited from participating in any Competition as a Player or Official with no further right of appeal or right to apply for re-registration; and
3.3. (g) v) If a Player/Official is de-registered in accordance with this Policy then the Player/Official is de-registered from all AFL-or Football Body-sanctioned Competitions.

Original sanction – February 2018

Pierce Liddle of Southern Districts Football Club was found guilty of rough conduct during the first quarter of the Round 12 TIO NTFL Men’s Premier League game between Southern Districts and Waratah Football Club played at TIO Stadium on Sunday 7 January 2018.

On Friday 2 February 2018, the Tribunal found Liddle guilty of rough conduct and upheld the incident as intentional conduct, medium impact and high contact. 

The Tribunal then invited submissions on a penalty by both Southern Districts Football Club and the reporting officer.

On Wednesday 7 February 2018 the Tribunal advised that Liddle was to serve a three-match suspension as his penalty. The prescribed penalty placed Liddle beyond the 15-game suspension threshold allowed under national AFL policy and so he was subsequently deregistered. 

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