Basketball penalty to be examined
THE 26-match suspension of a Portland Basketball Association player, which ultimately led to a referee boycott for grand final day, will be re-examined next week.
In a statement released this week, the PBA outlined the conditions of the meeting, set to take place next Wednesday.
“The Portland Basketball Board of Management wishes to advise that there will be a tribunal penalty re-hearing held by and chaired by Basketball Victoria on Wednesday December 12,” the Association said.
“The Board of Management wishes to emphasise that the re-hearing is the result of a collaborative process undertaken with Basketball Victoria.
“As the process is still ongoing, no further comments will be made at this time.”
The 26-week penalty stems from a men’s division four match played on Thursday November 15.
While no details of the charges have been made public, the Portland Observer believes the player in question pushed a referee.
Following a tribunal meeting on Wednesday November 21, the player was given a 26-match suspension from all forms of basketball competition, a penalty that was endorsed by the PBA board of management.
Viewing the punishment as too lenient, a collection of referees then withdrew their services for the remainder of the season.
Despite the boycott, the association successfully held its grand final day on Sunday – with nine senior grand finals taking place across men’s and women’s divisions, with a number of fill-in referees helping to officiate.