the Association's general counsel: ”May be degraded”
the League will appoint its own investigation into Östersunds FK.
now, one thing is clear: THIS is liable to be thrown out of the allsvenskan.
– Purely hypothetically, and on a general plan: It is tävlingsbestämmelser that says that if a club guilty of financial irregularities that seriously damaged the sport's reputation so can the club to be relegated a series, " says the association's general counsel Anders Hübinette.
During the Monday, it was clear that Daniel Kindberg and two additional persons prosecuted for financial crime by the serious fraud office. The suspected offences are considered serious: Östersunds FK's chairman, who is currently taking a break in the mission, prosecuted for gross breach of trust in the two cases, aiding and abetting the gross breach of trust, serious accounting fraud, and aiding and abetting the gross accounting fraud in four cases.
Prosecutors Niklas Jeppsson has ruled for Sportbladet that the suspected economic crime benefited the non-profit organization as an association.
" Yes." The offence is committed not by the football club, but they have benefited in such a way that the money has been moved to their company (Driftaren). Sollefteåföretaget (which is powered by one of the suspects, a business partner of Kindberg) have used their money to buy advertising and be included in the sponsorship agreement, " says Jeppsson.
the Swedish football association are following the case with interest. The general counsel Anders Hübinette has a huge amount of work in front of him.
" this is a novelty even for us. The indictment came in today and we have just taken part of the indictment. It is a preliminary investigation of several thousand pages. Now, it is for us to go through this on the basis of football regulations.
Started its own investigation
Hübinette says that the association started its own investigation that will take the time it takes for everything to be right and proper.
" We should do this properly, with respect for all parties interests. It must take time, and then we will see if we are, we await the subsequent judicial process, or not. We need to think about. It is also, of course, if there is an individual with responsibility for the association, or the association, who are guilty of something. Either it can be individuals it is about, as it had been in previous cases (as in the skattehärvan around the Blue and white in the middle of the 00's), or it can be a compound that acted regelvidrigt.
the Alliance has far-reaching opportunities to punish associations or representatives of associations have been involved in financial irregularities.
– Purely hypothetically, and on a general level – without pre-empting the judicial examination in this case and be able to all the details there (with a non-profit organization and Daniel Kindberg) – so there are provisions in the sports regulations relating to it here. In terms of both individuals and associations that make themselves guilty of financial irregularities – what we a bit carelessly call ”financial doping” in a comprehensive image – so there are a number of provisions on possible sanctions.
”Can be degraded to a series of”
Hübinette count up the number of penalties that can affect both people who compounds. The most interesting in this case is taken from the covenant tävlingsbestämmelser.
– If a club guilty of financial irregularities that seriously damaged the sport's reputation so, the association can be relegated to a series. There are in our tävlingsbestämmelser.
however, It is only the covenant representantskapsmöte (which is held once a year) who can decide if the tvångsdegradering.
Hübinette stresses that he does not speak about the specific case but only reports the hypothetical sanctions of a compound – according to football's regulatory framework – would be folded for financial irregularities.
Who will conduct the league's investigation?
– It is licensnämnden to investigate suspicions of financial irregularities, and so they have the help of the us officials on the alliance. But the investigation was said several thousand pages so this could take some time. It is difficult to say exactly how the next step will be now.