Latvian soccer under investigation

The State Revenue Service (VID) has conducted a search of the Latvian Football Federation (LFF) offices, according to LETA news agency on April 16.

“We confirm that VID representatives conducted procedural operations at the LFF offices today. We'll provide further comments as soon as it's possible,” said the LFF.

Meanwhile VID representative Andrejs Vaivars only revealed that the VID Tax and Customs Police Department has begun criminal proceedings against a public organization operating in Latvia. The proceedings were started based on accounting and statistics information regulation violations, tax avoidance and money laundering. “The VID Tax and Customs Police Department conducted procedural operations - several searches,” said Vaivars.

Later on the LFF said they were cooperating with the VID and handing over all information requested during the procedural operations. According to LFF Secretary General Edgars Pukinsks, the federation is interested in resolving the situation as fast as possible, but can't legally comment further on the situation.

“We're doing and will do everything required to ensure access to all requested information. We're for a quick possible resolution, which is why we're doing everything we can to actively cooperate and be involved where required,” the LFF cited Pukinsks.

A few weeks ago VID made the decision to revoke the LFF's tax status as a public benefit organization. Vaivars said this was due to regulatory violations. The decision was made on April 1, but took effect on April 8.


 

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