A Belgian court took a decision in a conflict between Belgian IFCS federation and one of its agility handlers.
In February 2015 the federation’s board notified the handler about a suspension for 3 months, including the participation to the World Championships
The handler claimed this disciplinary measurement was taken unlawfully and irregularly so the case was taken to court in short procedure.
A court in short procedures has the authority to investigate if a federation took the decision in line with its statutes, its regulations and the law.
The conclusion of the court was that the federation failed to do so and that handler had to be positioned back in the situation as it was before the suspension and also urged the federation to fulfil the handler’s entry to the World Championships.
This court verdict can be an important precedent for other cases as well and shows also federations need to respect the rules.