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The Football Association v Marc Bola

07 January 2022

John Shea and Christina Michalos QC of 5RB Chambers successfully represented Middlesbrough player Marc Bola in regulatory proceedings brought against the player for aggravated misconduct relating to a tweet posted several years ago when the player was only 14 years old.

Following an initial regulatory hearing on 3 November 2021 to determine the sanction, the player made an application to edit the written reasons by seeking to remove the wording of the tweet before publication by the FA.

A further hearing took place before the FA Regulatory Commission on 16 December 2021 and the player was successful after the Regulatory Commission concluded that the wording of the tweet should be removed from the written reasons and, therefore, kept out of the public domain given that it has now been deleted.

The Regulatory Commission has published its written reasons for both decisions, which can be read here.


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