Disciplinary Chair: John Boumphrey

Disciplinary Deputy Chair: Steve Barrow

The Disciplinary Code describes how British Fencing will deal with alleged disciplinary Offences, as defined in the Code.

Disciplinary and Grievance Code

Indicative Sanctions Guide 08.03.16

Athlete Penalties Youth Competitions – updated December 2014

Offences & Penalties Sheet for BFA competitions

Disciplinary Panel Job Specification

Black Card Note: in GBR Domestic Events the fencer is immediately excluded from the competition and suspended from the remainder of the tournament.  Details must be reported to British Fencing head office for consideration under the Disciplinary Process, which may result in the imposition of additional penalties.  The additional FIE penalty of two months suspension from competition only applies automatically to FIE Events

If you have any questions please contact headoffice@britishfencing.com.


Disciplinary Sanctions

The following are Disciplinary, Grievance or Welfare cases which have resulted in sanctions being brought either through British Fencing or through the courts.  The list does not include minors.

Cases resulting in sanctions will be listed here for

  • 12 months or
  • the duration of the sanction, or
  • where there is a resulting suspension from an activity relating to fencing the sanction will be listed for 6 months after the suspension is lifted.

whichever is the greatest.


Ref Date Name Outcome
201 08.07.2015 Mark Nelson-Griffiths Following the decision of a Sports Resolution Appeal Hearing, British Fencing is required to place an imposition of strictures by immediate preclusion from engaging in a variety of activities including, but not limited to, coaching and refereeing whereby contact with children or vulnerable adults is possible.  For a full description of the strictures please contact British Fencing Head Office.
241 09.08.2019 Aurelio Calipa Banned from attending identified DiSE/GBR event.
Update 1.1.20 now served
241 09.08.2019 Jacob Mitchell Banned from attending identified DiSE/GBR event.
Update 1.1.20 now served.
Full return to DiSE/GBR activities subject to further satisfactory review
Update 1.1.20 Satisfactory review completed.
241 09.08.2019 Max Lee Banned from attending identified DiSE/GBR event.
Update 1.1.20 now served
242 10.03.2020 Aidan Watkins ADP programme to identify an U23 nominated event and communicate the ban
242 6.2.2020 Samuel Wilson One GBR selection event ban – served
242 6.2.2020 Luca Plastow One GBR selection event ban – served



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