Euroleague Basketball, EHCB, ELPA and UEBO release joint statement about refs

2024-04-15T17:27:00+00:00 2024-04-15T17:27:00+00:00.

Aris Barkas

15/Apr/24 17:27

With the post season starting in a few hours, the EuroLeague organization together with the coaches, players and referees issued a joint press release about the behavior towards the refs

By Eurohoops team/

EuroLeague together with the unions of coaches, players and referees addressed the issue of the recent postgame statements about calls made by EuroLeague officials and their consequences.

Per the press release: “After a historic 2023-24 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Regular Season – and with the Play- In Showdown, Playoffs and Final Four about to start – Euroleague Basketball and its stakeholders would like to show their commitment and unity to address an issue that creates unnecessary and unjustified conflict.

In light of the public statements made about the performance of the referees by different individuals from different stakeholder groups during the Regular Season, and with the EuroLeague competition reaching the final and most vibrant stages of the season, Euroleague Basketball, the EuroLeague Head Coaches Board, the EuroLeague Players Association, and the Union of Euroleague Basketball Officials wish to encourage players, coaching staff and club executives to contribute by every possible means to generate a positive atmosphere that celebrates the games and promotes respect among fans, as well as respect between individuals from all stakeholder collectives.

Additionally, the three organizations representing players, head coaches and officials, and Euroleague Basketball, representing the participating clubs, commit themselves to create a working group to jointly develop further initiatives in the future that promote the values of respect, sportsmanship, and healthy competition while continuing to deliver the best basketball experience to millions of devoted fans”.

As it’s well known, there are already fines that can be imposed for those kind of statements according to the EuroLeague bylaws.