ASA panel dismisses charges against Mr Billings
The ASA Discipline Panel which met in February of this year has dismissed the charges brought against Mr Billings by the previous ASA board of Directors.
The ASA had specifically invited Charpentier and Innes to present the case for the ASA with respect to the pre-February allegations because it had appeared to the ASA that they in particular had been instrumental in the bringing forth of those allegations and in the purported suspension of Billings. They did not reply to that offer and so it was left to the one of the current ASA Directors (who is its Appeals and Discipline Committee Chair) and the current Executive Director to present the case for the ASA on all 12 allegations ...
Posted Jun 7, 2012, 8:51 PM by Tyler Durden
ASA to hold hearing for Mr Billings
The ASA will be holding a hearing for Chris Billings this
Saturday from 9am - 5pm at the Nisku Inn. It is open but space is
The following is a letter Mr Billings sent to those who have supported
To all those who have supported
me over the course of the last 21 months,
First off, many Thanks for the encouragement to persevere. This has
been a very long and trying time in coming to some sort of resolution.
As most of you are aware, since my request in April of last year,
(after the ASA AGM), the ASA Board has been long in consideration to
organize a Discipline Committee for a Hearing in response to the
allegations laid ...
Posted Feb 3, 2012, 11:22 PM by Tyler Durden
Time for ASA to do right
Why has the current ASA not been able to clean up the damage done by
the previous board regarding Mr Billings suspension? It has been 22
months since Mr Billings was suspended by the Charpentier led board.
You will remember that the members were outraged at this "coup
d'état", that they rallied behind Mr Billings
and fought for justice for all. Now that they are in a position to see
justice done and to ensure that a fair hearing takes place ... nothing.
This new board has been in place for 6 months and still Mr Billings has
had no hearing. I am reminded of the words of the Alberta Court of
Appeals in its decision on Voorhorst v CSA ...
Posted Oct 22, 2011, 2:21 PM by Tyler Durden
CSA President letter to FIFA and CSA Counsel advice to President
from Mr Santini to Mr Maestracci responding to Mr
request for advice re:
The CSA, at the direction of
FIFA, asked the ASA to discipline the Districts that took court action
in Alberta, but the ASA declined on the basis that they do not have the
finances to undertake such discipline proceedings. You advised me that
this failure of the ASA to conduct such disciplinary proceedings will
cause FIFA to consider suspending the CSA from membership, unless the
CSA no proceeds to suspend the ASA.
Some quotes from the email:
In our view the four districts
are not members of the CSA, and we have so advised you of this on
previous occasions. As a result, we ...
Posted May 8, 2011, 2:33 AM by Tyler Durden
CSA Appeal of Hearing Panel is dismissed by CSA Appeals Committee
CSA was granted leave to appeal the decision of the CSA Hearing Panel
by the CSA Appeals Committee on 23 March 2011. On April 18th the
Appeals Committee informed the CSA that the original decision of the
Hearing Panel would be upheld.
The CSA argued that the Hearing Panel exceeded its jurisdiction by
placing a condition on the sanctions issued against Shauna Aab, Danny
Bowie, Les Hodges and Mike Troke. Namely, that the CSA could only
enforce the sanctions if all other parties who had commenced
litigation also be held accountable.
Counsel for Aab, Bowie, Hodges and Troke did not file an appeal of the
Hearing Panel decision but did ask that the suspensions be revoked and
substituted with ...
Posted May 4, 2011, 7:51 PM by Tyler Durden
ASA 2011 AGM information posted on ASA websiteThe ASA has posted
an information some information about the upcoming AGM on their website.
Items posted include the agenda, documents describing proposed
amendments to the bylaws, proposed changes to the Provincials rule
book, a CMSA proposed rule amendment and a list fo ASA BoD nominations.
I believe this is the first time this type of information has been made
public prior to an AGM and the ASA is to be given full credit for their
Currently 8 individuals have been nominated for open director
positions. It is another sign that things are moving in a forward
direction, it is much better for all involved if nominations are made
available to the membership in advance of the AGM. Limiting ...
Posted Apr 15, 2011, 8:41 AM by Tyler Durden
EIYSA withdraws its proposed resolution to delete Article 32 of the ASA bylawsThe
EIYSA has informed the ASA that they are withdrawing their proposed
resolution to delete Article 32 of the ASA bylaws.
EIYSA indicates that it is fully supportive of reforms that will result
in the adoption of a clear and unambiguous dispute resolution clause.
"In view of Mr
Montopoli's commitment that the CSA is developing a standard form
dispute resolution clause for consideration by the members, EIYSA is
willing to await the results of the CSA's efforts."
forward to working with the ASA to reform how disputes are adjudicated.
The current system has failed to provide an effective mechanism for
adjudicating disputes at both the ASA level and CSA level. If there is
Posted Apr 14, 2011, 9:55 PM by Tyler Durden
Clearing the FUD - Does FIFA really prohibit going to court?
letter from the CSA quotes Article 13 (1)(g) of the FIFA
Statues. Article 13 deals with Member obligations.
Members have the
following obligations:(g) to
their affairs independently and ensure that their own affairs are not influenced by any third
The CSA clarifies
for us that third parties include the Courts and
government entities. Their letter goes on to state that all CSA Members
are required to adopt a dispute resolution clause. But FIFA Article 13
has nothing to say about disputes. To find out what the FIFA Statutes
have to say
about disputes you need to look at Article 64 Obligation.
Confederations, Members and Leagues shall agree to recognise CAS as ...
Posted Apr 13, 2011, 11:31 PM by Tyler Durden
Fear, uncertainty and doubt* and soccer in Canada
In a recent CSN article
it was postulated that should the ASA at its AGM vote to remove Article
32 from its bylaws that an immediate suspension would be handed down
from the CSA to the ASA. Further, that FC Edmonton would become a
casualty of the ASA's actions. I take issue with a couple of thing here.
First, FC Edmonton is a member of the CSA separate and distinct from
the ASA. I find it strains credibility to assume that the
actions of one member, the ASA, would cause the CSA to act against
another member, the FC Edmonton. Check CSA bylaws
Article 12.1 c, for a definition of a Professional League
Member and then check out ...
Posted Apr 9, 2011, 2:44 PM by Tyler Durden
What 'will' the CSA talk about on Friday?
it that the CSA is meeting on Friday to determine what to do should the
ASA membership adopt a proposal to remove Article 32 from their bylaws.
For those who do not have the ASA bylaws memorized Article 32 reads:
Article 32 Administration of
member’s affiliates, registrants, leagues, clubs, players,
referees or officials shall not refer disputes with the Association or
any other soccer association to a court of law but shall be required to
submit any disagreements to the jurisdiction of the Association.
This particular piece of the bylaws has garnered a fair bit of
attention within the soccer community and unfortunately it has also
been noticed by the Alberta Court of Appeals who ...
Posted Apr 7, 2011, 12:09 AM by Tyler Durden
Members and ASA BOD both propose changes to ASA bylaws
AGM of the ASA on the 16th of April will see the membership debate
quite a few proposed bylaw amendments. On the 14th of
March some of the members sent the ASA Board some
proposed changes to the bylaws. On the 17th of March the ASA Board sent
the membership some proposed bylaw changes of its own.
The members are proposing changes to ensure that the Board of Directors
are not delegating fiscal control to a standing committee. Stating that
operational tasks relating to fiscal affairs of the ASA should be
undertaken by the staff, with the policy and other direction being set
by the board of Directors as a whole.
To that end they are proposing the removal ...
Posted Apr 5, 2011, 12:05 AM by Tyler Durden
Successful Mediation Leads To A Single Organization Representing Youth Soccer in Edmonton - NOT
of 2007 parents and players in the Edmonton soccer community were
elated when a press release was issued with the headline: Successful Mediation Leads To A
Single Organization Representing Youth Soccer in Edmonton.
It is now 2011 and as you are no doubt aware there is no single
organization representing youth soccer in Edmonton. So what happened?
After the Alberta courts ruled in favor of the EIYSA's action regarding
the Provincial playdowns (See here for the details) the ASA sent a
letter to the EIYSA informing the EIYSA that the ASA Board of Directors
was conducting an investigation into the conduct of the EIYSA to
determine whether expulsion was warranted. This hearing was adjourned
while the ASA ...
Posted Apr 4, 2011, 10:16 PM by Tyler Durden
Mr Chen emails ASA Members to explain why he voted against their wishes
Mr Chen has
sent an email to the ASA membership explaining why he voted against
their wishes when he voted against both the first and second
resolutions at the CSA SGM.
The third resolution passed with an amendment that will see all
Provincial Presidents removed from the CSA BoD by 2015. The
first and second resolutions would have been implemented immediately.
Mr Chen seems to see it as a positive that the CSA undergo a slow
evolution. I think he has entirely missed the point; both the ASA
membership and the remainder of the CSA membership see the
need for change now. Mr Chen is doing the ASA membership a huge
disservice if he thinks that the membership did not ...
Posted Feb 5, 2011, 4:59 PM by Tyler Durden