The EHF Court of Handball has reached a decision in a case against the Croatian Handball Federation opened after the failure to deliver a TV signal via satellite within the organisation of the Women’s EHF EURO 2016 Qualification match between Croatia and FYR Macedonia on 5 June 2016.
The Croatian federation received several reminders regarding the aforementioned obligation, and a similar situation had occurred one year ago.
Nevertheless, the national federation did not undertake any step to find a solution and the matter had to be solved by the EHF in light of the urgency of the situation.
The obligation is set forth in particular in the “Minimum Requirements for TV Host Broadcasters” applicable in accordance with Article 40 of the EHF EURO Qualification Regulations.
Hence, the Court of Handball finds, quoting the decision, that the Croatian Federation displayed “a total lack of interest” and adopted “an unacceptable and negligent behaviour” towards an essential obligation regarding the TV production of the most important national team competition in women’s handball. Such an attitude was regarded by the Court of Handball as “an aggravating circumstance”.
Consequently, a fine of €24,000 is imposed on the Croatian federation in accordance with Article D.1 f) of the EHF List of Penalties.
Half of this fine is imposed on a suspended basis with a probation period of two years as of the date of the present decision.
An appeal may be filed with the EHF Court of Appeal within seven days.
PHOTO: Filip Viranovski