FOOTBALL Queensland has overturned Football Gladstone's decision to fine Central Football Club $300 and has restored their first division competition points.
Football Gladstone issued the penalties to Central after they allegedly used a suspended player in six games earlier in the season, and the resultant loss of points would have omitted them from the finals series.
Football Queensland chief executive officer Geoff Foster determined that procedural fairness and natural justice were denied to Central FC and the sanctions against them were to be immediately rescinded.
“Our regulations can at times be convoluted and we make no judgement on the decision itself,” Foster said.
“I have the utmost respect for those volunteers that tirelessly give their energies and will move swiftly to address the anomalies between FGI By-Laws and the National Regulations.
“We will support these changes with a comprehensive education package to ensure these circumstances are not repeated.”
Central officials maintain that the situation was dealt with earlier in the season and that the player in question served out his suspension in accordance with the federation's direction once they had been notified of the issue.
“I don't think we've done anything wrong, we've asked the federation a whole heap of questions in the past to try to clarify different situations and we've got it all documented,” a Central spokesperson said.
The decision means Yaralla, who had been informed they would play Valleys in Sunday's minor semi final at Clinton, are now out of the finals, and BTFC have again been named minor premiers.