Central State Office for Sports, Led by Janica Kostelić, Initiates Proceedings Against HNS

Daniela Rogulj

A few days before the Croatia Football Federation’s election assembly, the leaders have been hit by Janica Kostelić.

After the Central State Office for Sports instructed HNS leaders to start implementing the Sports Act, the office, driven by Janica Kostelić, has given a new blow to Croatian football leaders. The Sports Inspectorate has filed a lawsuit against HNS, reports Gol.hr on December 20, 2017. 

“Following the provisions of the Law on Sports Inspection, the inspection procedure is initiated ex officio. By carrying out the inspection, the inspector shall be obliged to act by keeping a legally established secret or legally determined by other regulations and shall keep the official record of such facts and data relating to the inspection, as well as the identity of the applicant or other announcements if he so requests. As a result, we are not able to comment on individual cases,” said the Central State Office for Sports.

Many Croatia media portals have claimed that, through reliable sources, the reason for the procedure is the non-compliance of the HNS statute with the Rules of Procedure of the Assembly.

In the Statute of the Croatian Football Federation, adopted by the League of Football Federations on June 5 this year, it is clear – in Article 97 – that all general acts of the Federation will be aligned with the provisions of the statute within 90 days of the date of validation by the competent state office administration.

That deadline passed on November 25, 2017, but the Rules of Procedure of the Assembly did not comply with the new statute.

On November 22, 2017, HNS gave a short answer about claims the elections were undemocratic. 

“Regards, the Rules of Procedure of the Assembly are in line with the provisions of the statute, and there is no need for its provisions to be changed.”

Today, when asked about the procedure of the Sports Inspection, HNS gave an even shorter answer.

“Hello, thank you for your inquiry, we have no such information.”

Now, the issue the public is most interested in is what kind of mechanisms are available to the Sports Inspection in this case?

By authority, for example, they could annul the act by which the election assembly was convened. We will find out quickly if this happens because the Electoral Assembly is in just three days.

If the Rules of Procedure of the Assembly were aligned with the new statute, it is questionable whether the candidacy process will remain this way.

Who parted the sea to make sure Davor Šuker was the only candidate? Even Prime Minister Plenković said the elections were unjust. 

“I expect that despite what it seems to me, with as much as I could inform myself, HNS has complicated and insisted on its statute of candidacy, and it would be good to have more candidates in this process, for them to present their proposals and be formally nominated so that the Croatian Football Federation will make progress and change.”

The election assembly is scheduled for December 22, 2017. In the next two days, we should know a whole lot more. 

Translated from Gol.hr


Subscribe to our newsletter

the fields marked with * are required
Email: *
First name:
Last name:
Gender: Male Female
Please don't insert text in the box below!

Leave a Comment