Good news for LFF from the Seimas itself: the law would contradict the Constitution

The conclusion of the legal department of the Seimas Chancellery states that the law on the direct management project of the LFF would be contrary to the Constitution and the principle of the rule of law.

Taking into account the above, it can be assumed that a legal regulation is proposed, according to which, after the entry into force of the law, the governing bodies of the sports association operating in Lithuania – the Lithuanian Football Federation – would lose their powers, and their functions would be taken over by a temporary administrator appointed by the Ministry of Education, Science and Sports, who would initiate changing the statutes of the association and the election of new governing bodies, contrary to Articles 5 and 35 of the Constitution and the principle of the rule of law“, – is announced in the conclusion of the Law Department of the Seimas Chancellery regarding the law on direct management of the LFF.

FIFA and UEFA representatives are expected to visit

Chairman of the National Security and Defense Committee of the Seimas Laurynas Kasčiūnas claimed on Thursday that members of the Seimas, like Prime Minister Ingrida Šimonytėreceived a letter from LFF regarding the expected visits of FIFA and UEFA representatives to the country.

Although the premier of the response to the official appeal to FIFA and UEFA leaders regarding the situation LFF Ingrid Šimonytė says that she has not yet received, according to her, the country’s football officials themselves have provided her with information about the expected visits of representatives of these international organizations to Lithuania.

According to the prime minister, the adoption of the law on the direct management of the LFF, which has already been registered in the Seimas, would be the last step that politicians would take in the event that the federation did not make the required decisions on its own.

“If it fails to do so, or somehow the process gets stuck, then apparently the Seimas will have no other way out, how to use this ultima ratio decision,” claimed I. Šimonytė.

The issue of direct management of the LFF was raised by politicians at the joint meeting of the Budget and Finance Committee of the Seimas and the Youth and Sports Affairs Commission held at the end of July, in which representatives of the LFF participated.

In the assessment of international football organizations, of which the Lithuanian Football Federation is a member, the adoption of a direct law by the LFF is a violation of the provisions of the FIFA and UEFA statutes, for which Lithuanian football is threatened with direct consequences: suspension of the participation of national teams and clubs in tournaments organized by FIFA and UEFA, termination of financial assistance to Lithuanian football .

However, it was announced on Tuesday that the Special Working Group of the LFF decided to submit a draft of the statutes amendment to the highest governing body of the LFF – the general conference of members.

However, after the announcement of the proposed amendment to the federation’s statutes, members of the Seimas remained strict – the fate of the law on direct management of the LFF depends on whether the provisions written in it will be fully implemented.

Seimas member M. Majauskas claimed that the compromise decisions of the LFF will not restore public trust. He was also supported by L. Kasčiūnas, who testified that LFF’s decisions do not mean that politicians will sit idly by.

On Thursday, the Law and Order Committee of the Seimas (TTK) made a decision that the temporary draft of the law “On the direct management of the Lithuanian Football Federation” currently has too many inconsistencies with the country’s Constitution and postponed the consideration of the issue until Tuesday, after the drafters of the law improved the draft.

Such a decision of the TTC prevented the draft law from being considered at the plenary session of the Seimas at the stage of submission.

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