Daniel White represented a football player who appeared before the FA Appeals Committee on a charge of spitting upon a referee – a charge the player adamantly denied.
The charge (Assaulting a Match Official) had previously been upheld by the Somerset FA Disciplinary Commission, when the player was unrepresented. As a result, he had been suspended from playing football for 5 years – the mandatory minimum term for physical assault of a match official.
The FA Appeal panel, sitting in Wembley stadium in January, upheld his appeal on the basis there were technical irregularities in relation to the original proceedings which resulted in the appellant receiving an unfair hearing. They fixed the case for a de novo re-hearing before an independent FA Commission.
On 2 April 2019, the Independent Commission heard the original allegation afresh and unanimously dismissed the charge contrary to Rule 14.2 – “Assault upon a Match Official”. The Player is now free to play again with immediate effect.