Lawsuit against the Quebec Soccer Federation

1172102The will of the Regional Soccer Association of Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean / Chibougamau-Chapais allow some of its best players to develop in a viable competition network is now before the courts. Via his attorney, Mario Bouchard, has recently filed a statement of claim in the interim, interlocutory and permanent mandatory injunction and damages.

The petition filed by Regional Soccer Association of Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean / Chibougamau-Chapais in the Superior Court (Civil Division) should be heard from today, at the Chicoutimi courthouse. It is the Quebec Soccer Federation. Regional associations of Quebec, the North Shore, Mauricie, Centre du Québec and Eastern-du-Québec are also implicated.

The request follows the difficulties that regional clubs meet at work in a AA-class circuit for some years. The document prepared by the prosecutor recalls in particular that the Provincial Soccer Federation carried out a reform of its competition network in 2006 which provided that all the clubs in all accredited associations have the right to access the AAA level through the process Promotion and relegation AA levels. In the years that followed, teams from the region have been incorporated into the Québec Soccer League-Metro, but the experience did not last and they were excluded. It was followed by the creation of the circuit Northeast in 2012 (for the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean / Chibougamau-Chapais, the North Shore and East-du-Québec). Again, the results were not conclusive and the league only lasted two years.

Since that time, the AA teams in the region have no league. Steps have been taken to correct the situation, without success. After the failure of the last attempt, the intervention of a mediator, the LRA has chosen to turn to the courts because it is confident it has exhausted all other remedies. It considers not be entitled to the same services as other regional associations as she pays the same amount of contribution. She also believes that his players suffer harm by not having access to the highest levels of competition.

First, in the short term, the regional association asks that a judge gives its young people access to a viable AA league for the 2016 season by granting an interim injunction. In the longer term, it is seeking a permanent injunction and damages of $ 30,000. For the upcoming season, the LRA wants the presence of seven of its teams in the Quebec Metro League. In 2017, she claimed a total integration.

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