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Liege criticizes refereeing and rejects away match against Antwerp giants: “Partisan referees undermine credibility” |  Basketball

Liege criticizes refereeing and rejects away match against Antwerp giants: “Partisan referees undermine credibility” | Basketball

Liège, which was taken over by American businessman Ernie Campo last year, says it has been insulted by referees in the BNXT league for months.

“We have seen biased decisions leading to exclusion from away matches on several occasions. This has had an impact on the integrity of our matches,” the club said in a press release.

“This finding does not apply only to our club. Despite our dedication and hard work, we are convinced that these unfair decisions undermine the credibility of our sport with players and fans alike.”

He added: “It is therefore with a heavy heart that we have decided to cancel our next away game on October 28. We hope that this decision will lead to a constructive response from the league. This is in the best interest of all basketball fans.”

“We attach great importance to fairness. We hope that more attention will be paid to impartiality and transparency among competition management. We look forward to returning to the field with the certainty that the competition will be fair.”

Liege’s plan to miss the match in Antwerp was not well received by the BNXT League. The League announced that Liege will face a fine of 2,500 euros if the club insists on continuing.

In addition, Liege will be excluded from participating in the playoffs if it does not participate in the matches against the giants. “We want to know by October 10 at the latest whether Liège will play with No. 28 or not,” the League issues an ultimatum.

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In Antwerp, they are waving a request for compensation if Liege does not come to the Lotto Arena.

“For the lost match of subscribers, sponsors and lost income,” he informed the Giants, who spoke of “another disloyal act by the Liège Basketball Club.”

It may not be a coincidence that Liège does not want to play the match at Antwerp Giants Stadium.

Last season, the two clubs feuded publicly, when the Giants saw the sudden departure of their American Royce Hamm as an attempt by Liège to destabilize their club.

After all, Hamm was represented as a player by Mikal Sports Group. This management agency is also partly owned by American Ernie Campo, who has been in charge of Liège since last year.

Just weeks before the cup match between the Antwerp giants and Liège, Hamm suddenly left the Northern Sun. “We were shocked,” Antwerp said.