FIFA and UEFA threaten Lithuanian clubs and national teams with disqualifications

In the assessment of international football organizations, of which the Lithuanian Football Federation is a member, the adoption of such a law is a violation of the provisions of the FIFA and UEFA statutes, for which Lithuanian football is in danger direct consequences:

– Suspension of participation of national teams in tournaments organized by FIFA and UEFA;

– suspension of the participation of Lithuanian football clubs in tournaments organized by FIFA and UEFA;

– Suspension of all powers of the Lithuanian Football Federation as a member of FIFA and UEFA;

– Termination of FIFA and UEFA financial assistance to Lithuanian football;

“International football organizations informed the representatives of the Lithuanian Football Federation yesterday evening that the interference of some Lithuanian politicians in the activities of the independent football federation is unequivocally regarded as a violation of the provisions of the FIFA and UEFA statutes, which will cause direct negative consequences for all Lithuanian football – both the national teams, both for Lithuanian football clubs.

Representatives of international football organizations once again warned the representatives of Lithuanian football that the adoption of such a legal act initiated by the members of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania will unequivocally lead to the suspension of Lithuanian football clubs and national teams in international arenas, and the termination of all Lithuanian football funding from these organizations. This action would be taken by international football organizations immediately.

For my part, I want to emphasize that, in the opinion of the Lithuanian football community, football management is exclusively a matter for the football community itself, any changes should be made only based on the consensus of the football community.

The LFF has a special working group on the improvement of best management practices, meetings are planned with all interested politicians and representatives of institutions, the Lithuanian Football Community Forum will be held in October, where the most important issues will be resolved. I am convinced that a constructive discussion is the only way to achieve the goals of Lithuanian football”, said the president of the Lithuanian Football Federation Tomas Danilevičius.

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