LFF’s response to the position of Head of Football: calls for high standards of reputation

On Wednesday, the publication of 15min sports editor Kęstas Rimkus reported on G. Janonis’ position in the National Football Amateur League (NFML). Here he holds the position of project manager.

Court of Appeal of Lithuania concluded in May that G. Janonis, the leader of the Kamuolinii gang, accused of various crimes but not yet convicted, was subjected to the strictest pretrial detention for an unjustifiably long time.

Dailius Dargis wrote that last year The pre-trial investigation of the Kaunas Kamuolinii criminal association case, which currently has over 200 volumes, was supposed to be completed in the spring of 2021and the case of the most prominent Kaunas gangsters of the present time was transferred to the court in the summer of that year.

If the charges against Kamuoli were proven, he would face the most severe prison sentence – life imprisonment.

For more than four years – since April 17, 2018 – The imprisoned Kamuolinai boss can now enjoy the open gates to freedom. And G. Janonis did not take long to find a job when he was free – a man suspected of serious crimes found work in the association of football fans.

NFML is not a direct member of the LFF, but belongs to the Kaunas County Football Federation, the latter is a member of the LFF, which has its representative – Dainiai Šumauskas (President of the Kaunas County Football Federation) – in the Executive Committee of the LFF.

The leaders of the LFF do not support the decisions of the managers of the associations, leagues and clubs belonging to the Lithuanian football community to employ persons who have been convicted of serious or very serious crimes in positions related to the management of the daily activities of the football community and call on all members of the Lithuanian football community to comply with the high demands placed on their reputation. established in the statutes of FIFA, UEFA and LFF and the Lithuanian Sports Law.

Here is the full message released by the LFF:

“Lithuanian mass media in 2022 August. on the 31st reported about a person employed by Lithuanian football, who is on trial in a criminal case, on charges of serious and very serious crimes.

LFF informs that the LFF administration has not entered into any employment contract with the person mentioned in the media. The Lithuanian football amateurs’ association, which employed this person, is a separate legal entity that conducts its activities independently and makes decisions in accordance with the laws and other legal acts of the Republic of Lithuania.

However, since the Lithuanian Amateur Football Association is a member of the Kaunas County Football Federation, which is a member of the LFF, the Lithuanian Amateur Football Association must comply with the requirements of the UEFA, FIFA and LFF statutes, which set strict requirements for the reputation of the leading persons. Only persons of impeccable reputation can be LFF President, members of the Executive Committee, and General Secretary.

A person is considered to be of unimpeachable reputation if he has been convicted of a serious or very serious crime, regardless of whether the conviction has been expunged or not, as well as being convicted of another criminal act before the conviction has been expunged. Analogous requirements for the reputation of leading persons must be established in the statutes of LFF members and their member associations.

In addition, after the entry into force of the new version of the Sports Law of the Republic of Lithuania, the LFF in 2022 April 30 The LFF changed its statutes at the Conference and further tightened the requirements for the reputation of managers.

A person who:

  • has an unexpired or unexpunged conviction for a serious or very serious crime or a crime against property, property rights and property interests, the economy and business order, the financial system, for a crime of a corrupt nature or a crime related to the illegal disposal, distribution or diversion (inclusion) of doping substances to consume;
  • has been punished with an administrative fine or has been subject to an administrative penalty for illegal translation in commercial, economic, financial or professional activities, commercial or economic activity procedures, public procurement procedures, reports, declarations or other documents and data submission procedures necessary for the implementation of the functions of a tax administrator, taxable violation of the legal acts governing the calculation of income or the calculation of taxes or other contributions, the payment procedure, accounting, and one year has not passed since the imposition of an administrative penalty or administrative sanction;
  • has sanctions applied to him for manipulation of high-performance sports competitions or sanctions from an anti-doping organization for violation of anti-doping rules and their validity period has not expired.


The managers of the LFF and the administrative staff mentioned in the Sports Law of the Republic of Lithuania meet all these requirements set for their reputation, which are higher than the requirements for politicians or persons working in the civil service.

The leaders of the LFF do not support the decisions of the managers of the associations, leagues and clubs belonging to the Lithuanian football community to employ persons who have been convicted of serious or very serious crimes in positions related to the management of the daily activities of the football community and call on all members of the Lithuanian football community to comply with the high demands placed on their reputation. established in the statutes of FIFA, UEFA and LFF and the Lithuanian Sports Law.”

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