A to Z Electronics Athleta jtemmu l-ewwel round b’punti massimi

Monday, February 6, 2012, 8:54

minn Colin Schembri

Kampjonat MSV Life Irġiel

Floriana Francesco Fenech 82

Bupa Luxol 69

(14-15)(14-20)(14-9)(14-26)

Depiro vs Loyola

Depiro vs Loyola

Floriana Francesco Fenech temmew l-impenji tal-ewwel round fil-kampjonat MSV Life b’rebħa importanti ferm fuq Bupa Luxol 82-69 biex bis-saħħa tal-konfront dirett qabżuhom fil-klassifika. Din kienet l-ewwel rebħa fl-istorja tal-club ta’ Floriana fuq it-team ta’ Luxol. Għal darb’oħra il-players Amerikani spikkaw fuq kull naħa – Evan Fjeld għal Floriana u Jeron Belin għal Luxol li kellhom ukoll 38 punt kull wieħed. Il-partita fetħet b’basket minn Marco Mercieca għal Luxol pero’ Floriana għamlu run ta’ 11-2 biex ħadu l-ewwel vantaġġ. Luxol malajr wieġbu bi trippli minn Jean Paul Bonnici, Belin u Mercieca f’run ta’ 18-4 biex temmew l-ewwel sessjoni 22-15 minn fuq. Fit-tieni sessjoni Luxol komplew isaħħu l-vantaġġ tagħhom b’iktar punti minn Belin u Nikola Vasovic. Paul Ferrante għajjat time-out għal Floriana u ħalla l-frott għaliex Floriana għamlu run ta’ 15-0 bi Fjeld jispikka u b’Belin issa ikkontrollat. Kien imiss lil John Tabone jagħjjat it-timeout u Luxol wieġbu b’baskets minn Bonnici u Belin biex reġgħu ħadu l-vantaġġ. Fjeld kompla jirrispondi għal Floriana pero’ bħalu għamel Belin biex fl-intervall Luxol kienu punt minn fuq 37-36. Floriana fetħu t-tielet sessjoni bi break qasir ta’ 6-2 b’punti minn Fjeld u Chris Sammut. Il-partita għaddiet minn fażi verament sabiħa biż-żewġ timijiet jirrispondu lil xulxin kontinwament u wara basket ta’ Belin punt biss kien jifred liż-żewġ timjiet bi Floriana fuq quddiem 46-45. Run ta’ 8-2 minn Floriana kabbritilhom il-vantaġġ qabel ma Bonnici għamel trippla oħra għal Luxol. Pero’ kien Sammut li għalaq il-perjodu bi trippla minn distanza konsiderevoli u basket fl-aħħar sekonda biex Floriana temmew is-sessjoni 9 minn fuq 59-50. Għal darb’oħra ż-żewġ timijiet bdew iwieġbu lil xulxin fil-ftuħ ta’ l-aħħar sessjoni biex sal-ħames minuta d-distakk baqa’ l-istess bil-Furjaniżi fuq quddiem 65-56. Fjeld u Ian Mercieca mbagħad kabbru l-vantaġġ ta’ Floriana li marru 13 minn fuq u baqgħu sejrin biex rebħu l-partita 82-69

Floriana Francesco Fenech: J. Curmi, C. Sammut 12, I. Mercieca 8, S. Sammut 13, C, Calleja 7, A. Baldacchino 2, E. Fjeld 38, A. Sultana, M. Ciantar 2.

 Bupa Luxol: CJ Cordina 2, M. Mercieca 5, J. Belin 38, A. M. Trgona, L. Ross 2, A. Costa N. Vasovic 8, T. Paris, M. A. Montalto, E. C. Montaldo, JP Bonnici 14, S. Capello.

Referees: Bernard Vassallo, Gordon Barbara, Alfred Carbonaro.

A to Z Electronics Athleta 67

Siġġiewi 54

 (18-13)(20-8)(14-18)(15-15)

Ic-champions A to Z Electronics Athleta għamluhom ħames rebħiet minn ħames partiti fil-kampjonat meta għelbu lil Siġġiewi 67-54. Il-problemi għal Siġġiewi donnhom ma jistgħux jieqfu dan l-istaġun fejn fit-tielet sessjoni tilfu lil Louis Camilleri b’injury u mistenni jibqa barra mil-logħob għal xi ġimgħat. Athleta li kienu mingħajr Andras Fekete ma setax kellhom bidu aħjar meta bdew il-partita b’run qawwija ta’ 16-0 mibdija u magħluqa b’żewġ trippli ta’ Omar Said. Siġġiewi bdew jirkupraw bi trippla ta’ Alan Borh flimkien ma tnejn ta’ Camilleri biex fi tmiem is-sessjoni kienu 13-18 minn taħt. Ic-champions reġgħu bdew qawwi fit-tieni perjodu meta reġgħu għamlu break ta’ 11-0 b’iktar three pointers ta Michael Naudi u Steve Schembri. Borg reġa waqqfilhom ir-run bi trippla pero’ iktar punti ta’ Naudi u Schembri raw lil Athleta jidħlu jistrieħu 38-21 minn fuq. Wara l-intervall Siġġiewi bdew xi ftit aħjar u punti minn Marco Matijevic fosthom trippla rawhom inaqqsu d-distakk għal 11 –il punt 31-42. Pero’ hawn waslu iktar trippli minn Naudi li kellhu partita tajba ferm biex Athleta bdew l-aħħar sessjoni 13 minn fuq 52-39. Siġġiewi tħabtu biex ikomplu jnaqqsu d-distakk meta anke waslu żewġ three pointers minn Karl Borg. Wara baskets ta’ Naudi u l-aħwa Schembri, Siġġiewi għamlu break qasir ta’ 6-0 biex waslu sa’ 10 punti ‘l bogħod. Pero Athleta kkontrollaw tajjeb fl-aħħar minuti u għalqu l-partita b’punti minn Naudi u Marco Todorovic biex rebħu l-partita 67-54.

A to Z Electronics Athleta: M. Naudi 26, I. Buldakov, D. Bugeja, M. Todorovic 9, M. Giusti, O. Said 11, D. Schembri 5, A. Bonnici 2, K. Baldacchino, S. Schembri 14.

Siġġiewi: R. Agius, L. Camilleri 8, E. Xuereb, A. Borg 9, K. Borg 8, C. Maeir 13, C. Codomaris, M. Matijevic 16.

Referees: Gordon Barbara, Emanuel Mangani, Alfred Carbonaro

 

Depiro 65 Tata Motors Loyola 59

(8-11)(20-20)(19-12)(18-16)

Depiro Mtarfa rritornaw għar-rebħ meta fil-partita li għalqet l-ewwel round tal-kampjonat MSV Life għelbu lil Tata Motors Loyola 65-59 f’partita missielta. Depiro kienu bil-formazzjoni tipika tagħhom fil-waqt li għal Loyola rritorna Joshua Anastasi li pero’ ma kienx utiliżżat mil-coach Alfred Mifsud l-istess bħal Billy Zammit. Greg Hamlin fetaħ il-partita għal Depiro b’żewġ baskets fl-ewwel tlett minuti. Rashanti Harris wieġeb għal Loyola bil-punti jibqgħu ġejjin bil-mod tant li sas-seba’ minuta Depiro kienu 8-4 minn fuq. Loyola pero’ għalqu s-sessjoni b’run ta’ 7-0 biex temmew is-sessjoni fuq quddiem 11-8. Depiro reġgħu ħadu l-vantaġġ fit-tieni sessjoni b’żewġ baskets minn Adrian Micallef pero’ Loyola malajr wieġbu permezz ta’ Anton Axiaq. Huma baqgħu fuq quddiem wara trippla ta’ Jean Paul Azzopardi u iktar punti minn Harris pero eżatt mal-horn Roderick Vella għamel trippla u fl-intervall il-vantaġġ ta’ Loyola niżel għal 3 punti 31-28. Fit-tielet sessjoni Depiro kellhom l-aħjar bidu meta għamlu 7 punti mingħajr risposta minn Hamlin u Andrew Aquilina. Harris u Axiaq irrispondew għal Loyola pero Vella u Micallef ħallew lil Depiro fuq quddiem. Trippla ta’ Vella ġiet annulatta minn oħra ta’ David Camilleri li flimkien ma’ Harris reġgħu ressqu lil Loyola basket il-bogħod 43-45. Depiro temmew il-perjodu b’basket ta’ Aquilina pero sat-tielet minuta tal-aħħar sessjoni Loyola ġabu l-iskor indaqs 50-50. Hawn saru xi protesti minn fuq il-bank ta’ Loyola li kkontestaw shot jekk ħabatx mar-ring u ta’ dan pattew qares għax mill-freethrows u l-attakk sussegwenti Depiro reġgħu ħadu vantaġġ ta’ 5 punti 55-50. Vella kompla bit-three pointers tiegħu u għalkemm fid-disa’ minuta Sean Pace għamel trippla li naqqset id-distakk għal Loyola, ma kienx għad fadal wisq ħin u Depiro ħarġu rebbieħa 65-59.

Depiro: R. Vella 18, JP Schembri, A. Aquilina 10, A. Portelli 5, A. Micallef 16, E. Lupo 2, M. Mallia, I. Tanti 2, G. Hamlin 12.

Tata Motors Loyola: S. Pace 7, B. Zammit, D. Camilleri 5, S. Borg, L. Azzopardi, S. Vella 2, A. Axiaq 11, JP Azzopardi 3, J. Anastasi, J. Ransley, R. Harris 31.

Referees: Steve Gouder, Gordon Barbara, Clive Terribile

 





99 Comments

  1. Charles Sammut says:

       I would like to thank the MBA President Paul Sultana and the MBA Secretary for meeting me at Ta’ Qali last week to discuss the serious false accusation of “passing racist comments” which were leveled at Steve by the four Luxol players of which he was found not guilty! I also expressed my dismay that Steve was fined Euro350 for the offence of “passing remarks”, an offence which he was not charged with,while the four Luxol ( false ) accusers were not penalized for their serious crime of  false accusations and lying to the Disciplinary Board.
        In view of the fact that Steve and I were assured by Mr.Sultana and the Secretary that investigations are still ongoing, I will refrain from commenting further on this Blog.
        I thank all of you who showed support and solidarity towards Steve regarding this shameful incident and I hope that we make use of sites like this to both criticize any shortcomings such as this and also to appreciate and applaud the hard work that the new MBA  Administration is undertaking in order to improve the level and the popularity of Basketball!

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    Another Fan Reply:

    HI Mr.Sammut, I know you said that you will not coment on this blog because investigations are stil going on.
    But have you got any news from the MBA if  any of the luxol liars have been punished for their serious lies ? Did the mba contact with you?
    Do not be a coward and let this go , you have support from many players and coaches about this injustice!
    If the MBA is serious about improving the situation in ta qali this is a good way to show that pressure from clubs like Luxol will not scare the new administration!

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    Charles Sammut Reply:

    Dear ‘Another Fan”..yes you are right, I did state that I will not comment on THIS BLOG while investigations are still ongoing as promised by Paul Sultana and the MBA Secretary during our meeting. However it has now been over three weeks since this shameful debacle and I have not heard any word from the MBA regarding its “ongoing investigation”.
    The President stated that the MBA has zero tolerance towards Racial Comments and I together with my family fully agree. However ,I have zero tolerance towards liars who blatantly lie to the MBA and the Disciplinary Board in falsely accusing my son of passing racist comments and they get away with it!!
    I can assure you that I am NOT a coward and I will definitely continue to pursue this matter in order to clear up my sons’s name and demand justice regarding the four Luxol Liars!!
    It is important for ALL players to bear in mind, that this atrocious frame up could happen to anyone of them…..thank God that Steve had the video to show to the Disciplinary Board, otherwise he would have been crucified!! 

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  2. Floriana Fan says:

    Don’t get me wrong, I am in favour of having foreign players. As we can see, they have helped improve the game a great deal and I’m sure the matches are more exciting to watch. However, I cannot agree when a team, such as Luxol, base the whole game around that one foreign player and all the other players are forgotten about. Apparently John Tabone has always been in favour of these kind of players – foreign player shoots all game whilst team mates stand around and watch, maybe their role should be changed to cheerleaders?! I wonder what their training sessions are like?? My guess is, Jeron shoots all practice whilst all the other guys pass him the ball?? If you ask me, you must be a big loser to waste your time  training 3-4 times a week and then come game time you’re lucky if you even touch the ball….Maybe the club should consider changing it’s name from Luxol to ‘JonRon and their bitches’! See you on the 19th.

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  3. J Schembri says:

    So Sammut was punished with for an offence he did commit and the Luxol players (3 who sworn falsely and the other who had aggressive conduct) were not punished!!! Are we serious?! Or are there some biases in the MBA?

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    another f Reply:

    Correction…..Sammut was punished for an offence he was NOT charged with….he was found innocent for the offence he WAS charged with! The four liars of Luxol got away scott free. Just in case you and others are not aware who the MBA Disciplinary head of the kangaroo court is, that is Tony Micallef…do some research and you will discover that he used to be a referee…..and with more delving into his history as a referee, you will discover what he got up to and why he ceased to be a referee….and this is the guy who is given the authority by the MBA to pass judgement on others!!!..!…funny but it’s true!!! 
    Bias in the MBA….are you kidding?! I have a feeling that this is not the end of this scandal and let us all wait for the shit to hit the fan!!!

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    sandro stafrace Reply:

    Anthony Micallef, dan jaqaw kien referee u kien mixli jew kien instab hati li gi mxahham ?
    Jekk huwa fatt illi nstab hati li kien ixxahham, x’qed jaghmel bhala kap tat-tribunal tad-dixxiplina tal MBA?
    Xi dritt ghandu illi jaddi guditzju fuq hadt iehor?

    Jekk m’huwiex l-istess Tony Micallef illi xxahham,nitolbu skuza.

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    Ali Reply:

    Sandro u bella kumpanija li nahseb hawn kulhadd ghandu il basketball ghal qalbu ahjar nikalmaw ftit. Mil hafna posts li hawn kulhadd jghid li Steve ma kellux jehel Euro350 ghax ma instabx hati ghal kumenti li qal u ix xiedha tal Loxol ghandhom jehlu ghax xhidhu falz jahasra wara il Board tad dixxiplina kulhadd seta apella mis sentenza mhux hekk isir jew sar fil passat? Ghax il clubs ma apellawx jekk kien daqshekk hazin il board tad dixxiplina? Imma certu rimarki u akkuzi inhaluhom ghax ma jghmlux gid lil loghoba.

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    sandro stafrace Reply:

    Sewwa qed tghid Ali, jekk Sammut u it-tim tieghu m’humiex sodisfatti bid-decizjoni tal-bord tad-dixxiplina, ghandhom id-dritt illi jaghmlu appell. Forsi xi-hadd mill kumitat tal-Furjana jista jikkommenta jekk hadhux dan il-pass jew le.
    U forsi hemm xi hadd illi jista jikkonferma jekk hux minnu illi Tony Micallef kien ixxahham jew le meta kien referee……ghall gid tal-kredibilta tal-loghoba.

    Basketball Enthusiast Reply:

    Mr. Ali.

    Ma nafx hux qed nifhem sewwa. Inti qied tissugerixxi li nitfaw kollox taht it-tapit ghall-gid tal-loghoba??

    Nixtieq ukoll naqsam dan il hsieb tieghi mighek jekk joghgbok…

    …dan il-plejer, li jilghab il-loghba, probabli, ghax tassew ihobb il-loghoba tal BBall, wehel Euro 350 ghal ragunijiet li qed jigu idiskrivuti hawnhekk (INSULTING OTHERS) veru?

    Dawn ir-ragunijiet/regoli jistaw iqallaw l-MBA eluf ta’ Euro kieku jigu applikati konstantament b’mod trasparenti u ugwali ghal kulhadd!

    Kieku dawn ir-regoli jigu applikati sewwa, konstantament, ugwalment, u mhux kif gie gie, nahseb kull ‘weekend’ l-MBA tista taghmel mal Euro 7000:

    Euro 350 x 5 (5 players in each team) x4 (2 teams and 2 games)….

    Jiena inkun ta qali…u f’hafna loghob nara u nisma hafna plajers jiksru din ir-regola!!!!

    Insomma; issa ara inti x’inhu l-ahjar, fl’opinjoni tieghek, li isir ghal gid tal-loghba!

    Some food for thought!

    Awguri

    Ali Reply:

    Basketball Enthusiast jien qadd ma ghedt nitfaw kollox taht it tapit imma certu akkuzi minghajr provi inhalluhom barra ghal gid tal loghoba, barra minn hekk jekk is sentenza li ta il board tad dixxiplina ma qablux mieghu il clubs kellhom kull dritt japellaw. Sar l`appell???????

    Basketball Enthusiast Reply:

    @ Ali:

    Naqbel mieghek Sur Ali fuq il-bicca li “akkuzi minghajr provi inhalluhom barra”!!!!! Proset, ghidt sewwa!!!

    Anzi, jekk nistaw niehdu xi haga min din il-vicenda, nistaw nghidu li tghallimna li akkuzi minghajr provi ghanna dejjem inhalluhom barra!!

    Sahha

    Floriana Fan Reply:

    Mr Ali

    Just to clarify things, apparently there was no appeal as Floriana threatened Steve Sammut with a suspension should he do so! The team was on a good run at the time and wanted to do without any further distractions and that is the ONLY reason why Tony Micallef’s decision was not challenged. We all know by now that Paul Sultana is John Tabone’s puppet and whenever the arrogant, shameless Luxol coach does not get things his way, he cries ‘closure of club’, which understandably, the MBA does not want/need.

  4. Wilson Wandell says:

    So, it seems that the man has been WRONGLY accused!  Still, no one is doing anything???????? 

    People speculate and talk trash, and only get reprimanded?????????

    No apologies and no nothing from whoever fabricated evidence…and a €350 fine to Floriana????

    Did I get that right? 

    Does it matter that he was found innocent?

    Seems unjust!!! 

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    Charles Sammut Reply:

    I would like to correct you Mr.Wilson…Euro 350.00 fine to the player who was framed and found to be innocent of the charge of passing Racial comments, but Micallef decided to punish Steve Sammut for an offence that he was not charged with!
    The four Luxol liars got away with a slap on the wrist for their serious crimes!
    However,I thank you and all the others who are showing support for my son and I can assure you that the matter is far from closed!
    Believe me, sir, I AM doing something about this miscarriage of Justice and I will ensure that the wrong will be righted!
    My son has been victimized BIG TIME!!

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  5. karmnu says:

    Nahseb li l-fatt li anke l-President tal-MBA wasal biex jirrispondi fuq din il-kwistjoni u l-fatt li fiha iktar minn 7i kumment juri kemm fil-verita dan huwa suggett jahraq u jixraq iktar kjarifika mill-MBA. Nahseb li l-laqgha tal-kunsill li jmiss se jitbaqbqu naqa r-rapprezenanti taz-zewg clubs…li hu ta l-istagib hu kif Luxol ma hargu l-ebda stqarrija!!! Ara l-istagun li ghadda ghax giet favurhom, maljar hargu stqarrija THE TRUTH AND NOTHING BUTH THE TRUTH. Nahseb li anke f’dan il-kaz Luxol imisshom jghidu l-verzjoni taghhom kif ghamlu fil-kaz tas-sena l-ohra. Kumment naqa sarkastiku huwa l-sur Edmund se jiehu pjacir biha din l-affari ghax l-isponsor tat-team tieghu se jibqa jidher fil-most discussed!!!

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    Charles Sammut Reply:

    I agree with you 100% Karmnu !

    * Passing Racial comments is a very serious crime answerable to both at Ta’ Qali and also in the Civil
       Court.
    * Fabricating evidence and falsely accusing a person of passing Racial comments, lying to the MBA
       Disciplinary Board and attempting to assault and threatening another person ( see offence 7.6
       A,B,C,E,F) are very,very serious crimes answerable to both at Ta’ Qali and also in the Civil Court!

    Yes, 74 Comments on this terrible matter shows the gravity of the above. The seriousness of this situation is further emphasized by the fact that the MBA President,Mr.Paul Sultana has kindly offered to meet me to discuss this debacle.
    What the four Luxol players have done, and the fact that their crimes went unpunished by the MBA Disciplinary Board bodes no good for the reputation of basketball, no good at all.
    I look forward to meeting Mr.Sultana,

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    louis mizzi Reply:

    A C T I O N please Mr. Sammut and forget the talking and meetings with MBA. With Luxol around it will be difficult to gets things moving in anyone’s favour.All Clubs should have commom front . Luxol are heavily involved in MBA projects. Dawn ta gewwa.

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    sandro stafrace Reply:

        Nixtieq naghmel kalkulu gdid tan-numri ta’ kummenti…issa tela ghall 86,u ghandi f’mohhi illi ser jibqa jitla ferm aktar sakhemm Steve Sammut jiehu xi sodisfatt u gustizzja mill MBA, tal-pastazata u nepotizmu illi il-bord “tad-dixxiplina” fettillu johrog bihom!
       Hafna min dawn il-kummenti jaqblu illi Micallef ghamel zbal kbir illi dawk l-erba giddibien tal-Luxol hargu totalment liberati. Dawn ghamlu konfoffa u ‘f-fabbrikaw ix-xniegha kera illi Sammut ghadda kummenti razzisti kontra il-barrani. Sammut jirringrazja l’Alla illi kien hemm il Video bhala xiehda u anki li kellu lil Ian Mercieca,il-kaptan tal-Furjana hdejh.
    Pero,micallef fattar buzullotta tan-nepotizmu u il-fatt li ma’ setax isib lil Sammut “guilty as charged beyond a reasonable doubt” ( minhabba illi l-akkuza kienet falza u iffabrikata ) faqqalu multa ta’ Euro350.00 talli “ghadda kummenti”. Naqbel ma’ “Basketball Enthusiast”, illi kieku l’MBA timmulta lil kull plejer talli jaghddi kummenti, kieku taqla “il-belli liri” !
        Dan l-iskandlu ta’ gideb fahxi ,nepotizmu u injustizzja mhux tajjeb ghall loghba!

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    sandro stafrace Reply:

    ……nixtieq inzid nghid,illi Tabone ma’ rnexxielux jehles minn wiehed mill plejers principali tal-Furjana mil-battalja tal-finali fis-19 ta’ Marzu elfejn u tnax! Fallilu b’ikrah!!
    Johnnie be good…and don’t cry, baby don’t cry !!!

    PAUL SULTANA Reply:

    Your are correct Karmnu. Tomorrow we have a Presidents council and we will be discussing these incidents in detail. In the mean time I believe all posting in these blogs are basketball lovers and we should refrain from posting slandering material just because we are sometimes hiding behind a bogus name. Guys if we want the game to improve, I suggest you post and criticize in a civil way and I for one will take the Criticism as constructively as possible.

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    CelticstillIdie Reply:

    Many people, although not all, have criticized in a civil and constructive matter. This incident happened over 2 weeks ago and NOTHING has been done or said by the MBA in an official manner to address the criticism and/or suggestions. Whether people commenting do so under their real name or a fake name is irrelevant. A lot has been said and many allegations have been made that the MBA should address these issues for the good of the local game. Firstly, most critically, are these allegations on the disciplinary commissioner Micallef true. Was he ever accused of bribery? If yes, the MBA should remove this guy immediately from his post. If not they should issue a press release on all media clearing his name. Secondly, whether corrupt or not, it is not possible that he is both a game commissioner at Ta qali and disciplinary commissioner, therefore the MBA should act immediately.

    Then there is the issue brought up by basketball enthusiast, very true in my opinion. What exactly is ‘insulting others’? It is very worrying that with this precedent, the MBA potentially has the ability to make thousands of euros every weekend. To be honest, I’ve heard far worse than “go cry on your f*@#ing facebook”. Please lets not kid ourselves.

    It has also been said that John Tabone roamed the corridors of Ta qali and entered the room where the case was being heard at will without reproach. Is this true? Will the MBA shed light on this? This is not the first time I have heard luxol threathening “club closure” if things don’t go there way! So will luxol always have it there way or else we will end up without one of basketball’s oldest clubs.

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  6. Emman Xuereb says:

    I refer to the disciplinary decision handed out to Stephen Sammut last week, who after being falsely accused was fined €350. My question is when handing out these fines does the MBA or whoever is running these disciplinary hearings take certain things into consideration. Is the commissioner aware that this is a non-professional basketball league and does he consider various circumstances? 

    For example, before firing away with a fine of €350, does he/she know that the average salary in Malta is around €950/ month? So a fine costs a player more than 1/3 of an average salary in Malta. This is ridiculous.

    So in a scenario, when a man or a woman, living on an average wage, raising a family, paying monthly commitments, rent, loans, utility bills, living expenses etc.. This person is playing the game he/she loves and for some mistake they may have made, albeit stupid, foolish or for whatever reason, is fined €350. With the consequence that he/she won’t be able to continue playing the game they love unless they pay the fine and end up depriving their family from around 1/3 of their monthly earnings. Does the commissioner or the MBA think this is fair? Don’t get me wrong, I am not against the enforcement of rules, and any wrong doers should be appropriately punished. But let’s try and keep within our limitations, bearing in mind that most of the players playing in Malta do so out of love for the game, and it actually comes at a cost and gain no financial benefit out of it.

    I do not wish to go into the merit on whether Stephen should have been punished or not for ‘insulting others’, however I am just saying that the fine he was given is way out of proportion. Especially since as to my knowledge he was not found guilty of his original accusations. So in a normal proceeding the case should be thrown out?! I find this extremely unfair especially in light that Stephen was falsely accused of very serious allegations, and his accuser and three other LIARS (with video evidence proving they are so) walked away with a slap on the wrist. I believe lying and falsely accusing someone, especially of racist remarks, is of far more grave nature! 

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    louis mizzi Reply:

    well done Emman….well said. the three luxol players should be named and shamed. could be that they were asked to do so by we all know who.

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    Another Fan Reply:

    The three luxol ( liars) players are:

    lee ross
    nicholas vasovic
    c.j.cardona

    and of course the main protagonist ..jeron belin.

    They have been named, they have no shame and the MBA Inquisition headed by tony micallef failed miserably in its duty to punish them severely for their false and serious accusations after having seen irrefutable video proof of their lies!
    And their coach tabone should have been a gentleman and an exemplary coach by making the four liars apologise to Steve Sammut for trying ( without success) to dirty his name with their lies!…..but of course everyone knows john tabone!

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    PAUL SULTANA Reply:

    The MBA takes any allegations of racial abuse very seriously and will investigate them fully.
    The MBA has a zero tolerance policy for any such incidents and will seek to ensure that such incidents do not take place.

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    Another Fan Reply:

    I fully agree with you Paul and so it should! And the MBA DID investigate the allegations and the result of its investigations were that NO RACIAL ABUSE TOOK PLACE! Obviously had Steve been guilty of this terrible crime he would have felt the full brunt of the Disciplinary Board! 
    Does the MBA take the false allegations of racial abuse, lying to the Disciplinary Board by the four luxol players and violent behaviour by Belin, witnessed by a referee and a bench official seriously??!!
    Does the MBA take seriously nepotism shown by the Disciplinary board in finding Steve Sammut innocent of the serious and false allegations of  ”passing racial comments” and yet finding him guilty of another offence for which he was not charged and fined very heavily??
    So, I suggest to you Paul ( I presume you ARE Paul Sultana MBA President ) that instead of making frivolous comments, you should spend your time in looking into the matter of FALSE ACCUSATIONS, LYING TO THE BOARD and VIOLENT BEHAVOUR!…and Issuing a statement  to the fact that the four Luxol players lied and fabricated the evidence!…and that Steve the Floriana player was found innocent of the serious charge of passing racial comments!

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    Emman Xuereb Reply:

    Paul, I am sure and have no doubt that the MBA has a zero tolerance on racial abuse as it should be.  But I think that the disciplinary commission already investigated the allegations on racial abuse and found that Stephen Sammut WAS NOT GUILTY. Firstly, let me state that as many of you may know, I am a close friend of Stephen Sammut, and I could say many things about him, but I can say with absolute certainty that a racist he is not!! 

    I commented on this thread not to stir any controversy towards the MBA or anyone, on the contrary as I have stated before on different fora mainly on Facebook, and I will say gain, I am very pleased with the breath of fresh air given to the local game by the new administration. My intervention was due to the fact that my friend was unfairly treated, and furthermore, had there been no video evidence he may as well been found guilty of such terrible accusations which could have had irreparable consequences to his reputation, and even his professional career, not to mention the suspension he would have faced by the MBA itself. 

    My questions/ remarks are the following:

    How is it that a player, who is originally accused of one thing, is not found guilty of the accusations against him, but the commission takes it upon itself to invent a completely different case and finds him guilty of another incident of which there was no report lodged by any referee or official for that matter? The case was very simple in reality. A player accused another player of racist remarks, accusations which were backed by 3 other players. Evidence brought forward by the accused showed without doubt that the witnesses lied, and therefore, the case was dismissed. Case involving Stephen should have been closed there, and liars made to bear the consequences of their false accusations.

    My second question was on what basis are fines calculated? As how I explained in my previous comment; €350 is a bit too much in proportion to the financial realities of the league.

    Third, you said “The MBA has a zero tolerance policy for any such incidents and will seek to ensure that such incidents do not take place”. Again, I couldn’t agree more with you, but maybe the disciplinary commission should be brought up to speed to the new guidelines set by this administration, as judging by the ‘slap on the wrist’ given to players falsely accusing other players, very serious accusations for that matter, and lying to the disciplinary commission, the commission is still operating under the previous law!! 

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    Charles Sammut Reply:

    Dear Paul Sultana …MBA President?

    I have been reading with interest, the comments posted on this site , including your latest contribution. I fully concur with you that racial abuse is a very serious matter and should be dealt with severely both in the MBA Disciplinary Court and the Civil Court. The MBA did its duty in following up the allegations by the four Luxol players against my son Steve of passing racist comments to the American Luxol player Jeron Belin. Thanks to the video evidence which was exhibited at the tribunal headed by your Tony Micallef, Steve was found innocent of this fabricated accusation.
    Therefore it is elementary that Belin and the three so called witnesses blatantly lied to the MBA  Disciplinary Board. Fabricating evidence and falsely accusing someone of such a henious crime is also a very serious matter which Micallef seems to have overlooked and deemed as not so serious!
    The video also explicitly shows Belin going to attack my son and this was corroborated by one of the referees and also by one of the bench officials, which Micallef chose to further ignore!
    Had the video evidence not been presented, and had not Floriana’s captain Ian Mercieca not been present when the incident occurred, Steve would have been suspended for the rest of the season. Furthermore, his private and professional life would have been irrevocably damaged!
    The MBA charged Steve with “passing racist comments”. Steve was found innocent of this accusation. Yet Micallef chose to fine Steve Euro350 for a charge which he was NOT accused of!!
    What I and other basketball fans and players find very,very strange is the fact that the four Luxol plaers who made the very serious libellous accusations against Steve got away with the proverbial “murder”. And how Belin was not penalised for violence and trying to assault Steve…this serious act is vividly shown on video and witnessed by a referee and a bench official!
    I have this morning sent you Paul Sultana a letter and should you in your capacity as President of the MBA not act in a proper manner to right what has been wronged by your so called MBA Commissioner I shall take further steps and this matter will receive the full Media attention it deserves!
    I feel it appropriate to clear my son’s name and hence my family’s name.
    I am NOT bound by any MBA Statute!!

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    PAUL SULTANA Reply:

    Mr Sammut. I eagerly wait for your letter to which I will reply. Even better if we could meet up at Ta qali and I can explain better the whole situation. In the mean time alot of things are said and done at the spur of the moment and may I suggest we calm things down for the good of the game.

    sandro stafrace Reply:

    Hemm xi kummenti mil-MBA rigward jekk hux veru jew le illi Micallef ….il “HEAD” tal-Bord tad-Dixxiplina, kien gie akkuzat jew huwiex hati illi gie imxahham meta kien referee?!?!?
    Hemm xi kummenti ghall dawn l’allegazzjoniet??!?
    Jekk dawn huma kummenti foloz, forsi Micallef  jista jitfa xi dawl fuqhom!
    Jekk il-verita hija illi Micallef huwa hati ta’ dawn l-akkuzi…x’qed jaghmel fuq il-Bord tad-Dixxiplina tal-MBA?!?!??

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    Colin Schembri Reply:

    @Sandro Stafrace, jekk inti daqshekk konvint milli qieghed tghid, ghandek il-liberta kollha biex tikteb ittra lil MBA u titlob li ssir investigazzjoni. Sa fejn naf u milli qieghed naqra hawnekk jien inti biss qieghed taghmel dawn l-allegazzjonijiet!!! Jekk dawn il-kummenti huma foloz, Micallef mhux jitfa dawl irid imma jiehu passi biex inaddaf ismu. U sa fejn naf jien ukoll ghax issa m’ghadnix involut fl-MBA ufficjalment, l-ghazla tal-kummissarju tad-dixxiplina issir mill-clubs fl-ewwel laqgha ta’ l-ezekuttiv.

    F’dawn id-90 kumment (l-ewwel darba li artiklu tieghi kellhu daqshekk kummenti kemm ilni nirraporta ghal sportinmalta), kien haw suggerimenti u kummenti validi u nahseb li jkun sewwa li l-MBA taghsarhom u tara x’tista tirranga biex il-loghba tmur il-quddiem. U nahseb li dan ghandu jkun l-iskop ta’ dan il-forum aktar milli attakki personali.

    Xtaqt ukoll nikkumenta ghax ilni nissaporti pero wara l-artiklu li deher fil-gurnal ILLUM tal-bierah, inhoss li ghandi nikkjarifika kif jintaghzel il-player tax-xahar. Irridu nzommu quddiem ghajnejna li kull ma qedin reporters huma tlieta. Jintaghzlu l-ahjar tlett players minn kull partita. L-aqwa wiehed (fl-opinjoni tar-reporters) jiehu 4 punti, ta warajh 2 u ta warajh 1. FL-ahhar tax-xahar jinghaddu l-voti u johrog l-average. Li gara f’Jannar huwa semplici hafna. Kemm Evan Fjeld kif ukoll Jeron Belin gabu total ta’ 30 punt. Fjeld laghab 3 partiti u Belin laghab 4. Mela l-medja kienet: Fjeld 10.00, Belin 7.50 u Michael Naudi 5.75 eccetra. Il-voti huma arkivjati ghandi u min jixtieq kjarifika jista jkellimni u nurijhom.

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    sandro stafrace Reply:

    Jien qatt ma ghidt illi jien konvint milli qed nikteb dwar il-passat ta’ Micallef, dejjem staqsejt! U l-anqas ghamilt allegazzjoniijet.
    Naqbel mieghek ferm,illi “jkun sewwa li-MBA taghsar dawn il-kummenti u tara x’tista titranga biex il-loghba tmur il-quddiem”. L-ewwel pass li ghandha tiehu huwa illi tehles min-nepotizmu u n-nuqqas ta’ l-imparzjalita !
    Ghidt inti stess li l-ewwel darba li l-artiklu tiehek kellu daqshekk kummenti, ir-raguni hija cara illi hafna minn dawn il-kummenti juru id-disguzt taghhohom illi Micallef ha decisjoni pastaza. Lil- Sammut sabu mhux hati ta’ l-akkuza falza mil-erba plejers tal-Luxol pero wahlu multa fuq akkuza li ma’ kienx mixli biha. Lil Luxol plejers talli ghamlu akkuza falza u gidbu quddiem it-Bord u waqqaw ghac-cajt kemm lill-bord u anki lil Micallef…..ma’ wehlu XEJN!

    Truly Bball Lover Reply:

    colin… since you take all statistic of each game… it is possible that you start publishing this stats… your doing a BIG job by doing this .. and I beleive that your work should be exposed… + I beleive that you can use these stats also to give the monthly MVP like they do in NBA….

  7. CelticstillIdie says:

    So from this report it seems that the Luxol players proved by video evidence to be lying in last week’s case involving Steve Sammut, who was wrongfully accused of racist remarks, played regularly in this weekend’s program. Is the case involving these four players still pending or have they merely been given a slap on the wrist?

    Does the MBA fully understand the serious implications these accusations could have had on Mr. Sammut’s reputation, let alone professional career? Is the MBA suggesting that lying and false accusations are a minor offence? Is the MBA also suggesting that retaliating and swinging to hit another person a minor offence not punishable with a few games suspension. Or are we trying to accommodate some teams and personalities with these decisions. 

    From reading the Disciplinary report published by ‘Floriana Fan’, it is said that the Disciplinary Commissioner is Mr. Anthony Micallef. Who is this guy? What are his credentials, does he fit the role of being a disciplinary commissioner? Who chooses these people in order to ensure proper disciplinary measures are taken as to not embarrass the MBA?

    Will Paul Sultana comment on these recent events? Can we know what he thinks about lying and false accusations?!

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    Another Fan Reply:

      Of course this is a clear cut case of four luxol players who are proven liars and a clear cut case of belin ( the american luxol player ) retaliating and trying to attack Steve Sammut…the video clearly shows this! 
    Of course Sammut was cleared in view of the strong visual evidence and had the video not been available,the disciplinary board would have suspended Steve Sammut  for perhaps the rest of the season!
    You are right, questions ARE being asked as to whether or not Belin has been charged with retaliation and violence and whether or not the four liars including belin have had any punishment meted out to them for the VERY serious charges of lying and libel! I believe that all that the four liars got from the “Disciplinary” Board was a reprimand!!! 
         You ask who Anthony Micallef is……ask around and you will get to know his “credentials”…you will be very surprised to learn about this guy’s history.
        By the way, Steve,the Floriana player was fined Euro350 by micallef ( which is the maximum according to the MBA Statute ) for telling Belin ” now go cry on your f……g facebook”. A gross and blatant case of two weights and two measures!
       Yes it would be interesting to hear what the President of the MBA has to say about this disgusting scandal!

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    louis mizzi Reply:

    about time man you notice……………..tal luxol have been running ta qali for ages. john tabone ta wara alla. he is a DO NOT TOUCH commoditiy there.. we have to wait till he goes on basketball penzjoni like some other fellows as well. What happened to the Onorevoli Agius. ages since we saw him back in action at ta qali. forsi he prefares to spend 500 euros for political adventure and not give them to mba as per new rules and fine

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    karmnu Reply:

    Is-sena l-ohra ghax kien hemm min ma qabilx ma decizjoni tad-dixxiplina waqaf il-league ghal ma nafx kemm il-gimgha. Jekk thossu li ma taqblux ippruvaw ghamlu l-istess ux

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  8. Rih says:

    nahseb li floriana fan u another fan ghadhom sturduti bit-tidwira li tawhom is-sliema l-bierah

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    Another Fan Reply:

    Dear rih(a)…..I was’nt at the game when Sliema beat Floriana on Sunday and yes the Blues did beat the Greens by a big margin!
    I can guarantee you that it would have been a clean and sporting game because Joe Galea’s team is made up of sportsmen and they always play the game and not the man!
    However I can assure you that when Floriana meet your team luxol I shall be at Ta’ Qali to congratulate the Greens!
    So my dear fellow, the above issue has nothing to do with winning or losing a basketball game…It is a matter of serious misconduct by four luxol players lying and making serious false accusations and getting away with just a slap on the wrist!

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    rih Reply:

    my team luxol???? hallina minnek

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  9. Another Fan says:

    Any comments from “luxol fan” and the other four liars who got away with making false reports and making a mockery of the MBA Commission?!?
    However let us hope this episode is over and done with for the sake of basketball’s reputation!
    Steve Sammut’s and Floriana’s satisfaction will be obvious when the Greens give a hiding to the Violets come March! LOL

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  10. Floriana Fan says:

    ”DISCIPLINARY COMMISSIONER’S DECISION

    The Disciplinary Commissioner (Anthony Micallef), having considered the Official Report, having heard all the witnesses (C.J. Cardona, Lee Ross, Nicholas Vasovic), saw all evidences, considered all the records of the case, having considered the Malta Basketball Association Statute and Disciplinary Code renders the following decision:

    Mr. Steve Sammut as player of Floriana Basketball Club could not be found guilty of passing racist remarks. However, Mr. Steve Sammut is being found guilty of insulting others. The Disciplinary Commissioner also noted that Mr.Steve Sammut is a relapser. Therefore, the Disciplinary Commissioner, as per Articles 7.1H and 4.1 fines the said player the sum of EUR350.”

    Video evidence was shown to the Commissioner proving that all 3 witnesses did not in fact hear any remarks passed by Steve Sammut. However, before such video was presented, these same 3 persons (mentioned above) had sworn that they heard specific racial slurs made by Steve Sammut towards Jeron Belin. The video especially shows Nicholas Vasovic shaking hands with the referees at mid court whilst Steve Sammut approaches Jeron Belin at Luxol’s bench. All 3 witnesses received a slap on the wrist and no further punishment was handed out for lying and providing false allegations!!

    In the other case, Floriana vs Jeron Belin for violent conduct, Belin was reprimanded and received nothing more than a warning. Besides aggressive behaviour, one must also consider that Belin, besides the mentioned 3 witnesses, also made false claims against Mr Steve Sammut.

    The Commissioner stated that the act of approaching a player after a match was over in order to pass a remark, is a ”NO GO” and considered a serious matter. However, violence and threatening to find a player outside (as was done by Belin towards Sammut) is not as serious offence and if they were to act upon such behaviour, they would have to file 20 reports (give or take) every weekend!!

    Please bear in mind that had no video evidence been provided, based on the 3 witnesses’ words and the ””victim’s””’ claims, Steve Sammut may have been wrongly punished. 

    Just to clarify, Steve’s exact comments directed towards Jeron Belin were ‘now go cry on Fu$king facebook’ and these comments were made after Jeron Belin had posted the following comments on his social networks:-

    - i’ve taken this shit personal, i’m gonna kill these niggas (directed at Floriana after they sent Bryant Williams back to The States.

    -it was a colour thing, we ain’t gettin no love out here (directed towards the MBA when he didn’t win Player of the month)

    To date, Steve Sammut has not received any form of apology from Luxol Basketball Club for filing a false report. Had he been found guilty, this would have been a very serious offence and could have tarnished his image, in and outside of basketball.

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    PAUL SULTANA Reply:

    Just a small clarificartion. The MBA has absolutely nothing to do with the player of the month awards. The sports journalists give this award.

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    Another Fan Reply:

    I agree with you Paul,but what Floriana Fan is pointing out is the fact, that this guy belin seems to have a complex about his colour because he indirectly accused the the sports journalists of racial discrimination by writing  ”the colour thing”. ..and that “we aint getting no love out here” by “we” he obviously means him and the other non Caucasian Americans!
    But Paul,as President of the MBA you should be looking into the serious case of false accusations which were directed at Steve Sammut by the four luxol players! Allegations which were proven lies by the video cd produced as evidence. You should further be looking into the credibility of Tony Micallef as head of the MBA Disciplinary board. People are asking why the four liars were not severely punished for their lying accusations. Had the video not been available, it is certain that Steve would have been suspended for the rest of the season by Micallef! 
    So, yes Paul you are right to point out that the MBA has nothing to do with the player of the month award, but it would do the MBA’s reputation and yours good if you were to comment on the more serious and shameful conduct of the four Luxol liars and the nepotism shown by Micallef in meting out punishment to Sammut and not to the perpetrators of the shameful crime!

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    Another Fan Reply:

    ..and further more Paul. The video also clearly shows that Belin went to physically attack Steve. One of the referees and one of the bench officials also confirmed this to Micallef at the hearing! What punishment did Belin get for violence and for making false accusations?
    Bear in mind that passing racist remarks is not only an MBA affair but it is also a criminal offence. Making false accusations (libel) is also a criminal offence!
    So, as I and others suggest, this is why you as President of the MBA should look into this matter further and restore the credibility of the MBA Disciplinary Board.

    PAUL SULTANA Reply:

    Unfortunately this is completely out of my jurisdiction. I as president cannot interfere in the disciplinary commissioner’s work. Mr Micallef was chosen by ALL the clubs. He has the club’s and my complete and full support and full confidence. Of course I cannot go into the merit of this case but I can assure you that the commission dwelt with the facts very seriously and the best decision was taken from the evidence provided and according to the MBA rules. You are very welcome to come and talk to me privately and we will discuss the matters further. I can assure you that the MBA is doing everything possible to be as impartial as possible in all that we do. You must also appreciate that we work on the rules and regulations have been in place for a long number of years and some of them are long overdue for reconsideration and overhaul. In fact we have a subcommittee headed by the deputy president Dr Trevor Degiorgio who looking into the rules and will propose to the PC/EC any changes which we think need changing. Please also appreciate the enormous effort we are putting in to improve the general aspects of the basketball game in Malta. The conduct of some players during and after the games are not helping at all. So from here I plead to all parties to try and cooperate as much as possible and try to enjoy this great basketball game which we all love.

    Floriana Fan Reply:

    Thanks Paul for clarifying this. Don’t you think that your attention to the fact that 4 players made false (serious) allegations is more important, rather than informing us on who decides the Player of the Month!!?? Your comments on the matter would be greatly appreciated.

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    PAUL SULTANA Reply:

    As much as I would like to dwell into the matter, you know perfectly well I cannot go into tne specifics of the matter on a blogg. But I can assure you, following the items written on this blog, I did go into the matter and confirmed that the proper actions were taken. Further to this, I invite you to come to Ta Qali and I will very gladly explain all the details.

  11. karmnu says:

    Tista l-mba tghidilna kif baqa dan il-kaz please? jew inkella stqarrija uficjali minn xi club involut?

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  12. Hallikhom mil love says:

    La hawn min qed jghid li Adrian “imperatur” tafu kemm jiddedika hin ghall-MBA? TAfu li kieku ma kienx hu three pointer ma jkunx streamed fuq l-internet biex tarawh meta tridu? Tafu li kull m’ghandu x’jaqsam ma l-internet fl-MBA jiehu hsiebu hu? U l-fixtures mhux hu ta l-ghajnuna tieghu? Jahasra hafna tmaqdir mill-istess grupp ta nies (li kultant nissuspetta li huma l-istess bniedem) li jservu biss biex joholqu l-firda…Edmund qal li mhux qaddis…u min hu? Mhux kull min jaghti kontribut qed jaghmel il-partit tieghu biex il-loghba li tant inhobbu timxi l-quddiem? Anke din tar-referees…ma tahsbux li qed jaghmlu sagrificcju u jitbieghdu minn familtom? Orrajt jizbaljaw imma min ma jaghmel xejn jew arm chair critic biss ma jiżbaljax. Ghandna segretarju li kumparat ma ta qablu nahseb diga ghamel hin f’ta qali daqs kemm ghamlu ta qablu fis-snin kolla! Qatt rajtu segretarju prezenti ghall-loghob tas-second division? Gieli qas biex jaghtu tazza ma kienu jigu! U Pawlu x’mhux qed jaghmel biex imexxi l-loghba l-quddiem? Anke hu jattendi ghal hafna loghbiet mhux bhal ta’ qablu jrid ikun hemm xi final biex tarah l-hemm. L-ahwa ejja napprezzaw li l-isport taghna kien wiehed ta success ghall pajjizna b’ambaxxaturi bhal Samuel u Josephine. Bhal kull haga ohra fih id-difetti imma arm chair critic biss mux ha ssolvijhom…sahha

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    looser Reply:

    Its true that MBA paid a trip to Adrian Mifsud (Depiro President) to FIBA in Germany to learn how to make the fixtures?????????????

    MBA please answer ?

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  13. karmnu says:

    Jekk kif qalu sar protest mil-luxol fuq din l-akkuza, mhux ahjar l-ewwel naraw x’se johrog mid-dixxiplina tal-MBA qabel ma wiehed ikompli jfaqqa bl-addocc?? Allavolja l-MBA ma tinfurmax pubblikament dwar is-sospensjonijiet tagha, id-decizjonijiet dejjem ikunu maghrufa ta qali. Bhekk nevitaw hafna paroli fil-vojt jew kif pingiha s-sur edmund “mibgheda”…

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    Another Fan Reply:

    Issa naraw biex johrog il-board tad-dixxiplina! Il-player tal-Luxol, Belin qal illi kellu tlett xiehda hdejh meta allega illi Steve ghaddilu kummenti razzisti u semhew lil Steve. Izda il-bierah Floriana hargu provi b’video illi tnejn minn dawn “ix-xieda” l-anqas biss kienu fil vicin meta Sammut u Belin kellhom l-incident!! Jigiefiri hemm provi cari illi dawn l’erba players tal-Luxol ghamlu akkuzi foloz u gidbu bl-ahrax!
     Issa naraw il-board tad-dixxiplina xser jaghmel dwar din l-akkuza falza kontra Steve Sammut!!
    U issa naraw x’passi ser jiehu Steve talli hamgulu ismu bil-gideb!!

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    karmnu Reply:

    jiddeciedi l-court…court never lies nismaghhom jghidu

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    Another Fan Reply:

    which court are you referring to…the basketball court???

    karmnu Reply:

    u mela!! min hu l-aqwa bejn luxol u furjana…bejn steve u jeron…

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    Another Fan Reply:

    Floriana and luxol is not Steve and belin..it takes five players to make a team….so the final scoreboard result will determine the decision on the court…and the next encounter between the two teams will show which is the better team.
    However should you want to find out who the better player is between Steve and you (karmnu), ..I am certain Steve would be happy to oblige you and run a few rings with you around the basketball court!

    karmnu Reply:

    thobb iddahhaq another fan…wasal zmienek fil-kaz il-weekend li gej…mhux ta qali avvolja jekk tkellem lil piju jaf ideffsek fuq xi karru

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  14. Edmund Farrugia says:

    I am no saint, far from it, but we have to evaluate whether all these comments are doing any good to our sporting relationship or purely infusing more hatred against each other. Let us not harm the image that Messrs Paul Sultana and Joseph Muscat have built up regarding local basketball in their few months on seat. Just a thought and an observation.

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  15. Siggiewi fan says:

    What Adrian wrote below is right. We the loyal Siggiewi fans who follow our team week in week out remember the panic caused by Sliema team after loosing that game…and what happened after in the knock out final and playoffs was a clear sign of revenge because potentially SIggiewi were the only team capable of taking away the championship from them.

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  16. Andrew Amaira says:

    Din hija strategija min-naha ta Luxol Fan biex ihammeg lil plejer u tim ta Floriana ftit qabel ma zewg timijiet jiltaqghu ghal-finali f’Marzu. 

    Nhoss li dan l-attegament mhuwiex accetabli u trid tintrefa responsabilta fuq kummenti bhal dawn……

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    Another Fan Reply:

    Do not worry Andrew..we know who “Luxol Fan” is and he will be dealt with accordingly in the law court for libel! In the same way as the other liars would be dealt with! …and Floriana will deal with Luxol on the basketball court come March!!

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  17. Adrian Mifsud says:

    @Edmund – What you said was heard by everyone at Ta Qali and the only persons who felt your comments were not offensive were SOME of your colleagues at Athleta – pls note that I wrote SOME in caps purposely. Had we wanted to hide our DISFATTA we would have asked for the result to be reversed but that was not the case, unlike what you did when Athleta lost a final and you tried to cover it up by reporting another club’s president for saying that finals should not be given to incompetent refs – that day you asked for the result to be reversed.
    As for the protection our foreign players get from the refs, I would like to mention that almost after every game our players have to be treated medically – the last incident being in our last game against Loyola, were our American player had half a tooth knocked out.

    @Louis Mizzi – you called Loyola Bla B… but what does hiding behind a fictitious name make you :)

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    Edmund Reply:

    I guess you are missing the whole point. I was suspended for using the word ISWED in Maltese. If I wanted to insult your American player, rest assured I have a very good vocabulary and vocal cords to say it in English and make your player get the message. I said it in Maltese as it was addressed to the refs and I could not use the word STRANGIER due to our foreigner being white. You also told me GHALEKK GIEB ABJAD, but I guess saying that to a white man is not offeensive but the opposite….

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    louis mizzi Reply:

    misskien……..send him back and get another one with a full set of denture. I am sure thast with your connections with MBA you can do this even though the transfer window is closed……..HAIL THE EMPEROR Adrianus Mifsudus the FIRST

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  18. louis mizzi says:

    veru tal loyola bla B+++. biex hallew kollox jaddi fil loghba kontra depiro. Is Sur Adrian minkollox jamel bix ikun the Emperor ta Qali.

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  19. louis mizzi says:

    welcome back to the basketball arena Edmund.

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  20. karmnu says:

    ma nafx x’ghandhom x’jaqsmu r-referees fiha din!

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    Bball Lover Reply:

    Mid-dehra r-referees jidhlu f’kollox u kullimkien. Jigri, x’jifgri tort tar-referees. Jekk nirbhu rebbahna ir-referee. Jekk nitilfu, ghax tellifna King Gordon. Ghax ma nghidux li ghandna Kampjonat vera PATETIKU minghajr l-ebda Teknika ta’ loghob. Kullhadd jilghab b’mod individwali. Ibdew mill-Amerikani li hawn. L-anqas tinduna hekk humiex plejers fis-sema kollha twerzieq u ghajat jew humiex kummidjanti jitghawgu u jitmeku ma l’art ghalxejn b’xejn. Mhux bil-fors ir-referees ma jkunux konsistenti, jekk f’kampjonat medjokri ma hemm xejn ta sugu. Hlief glied personali u aggressivita zejda bejn ahwa li jilghabu kontra xulxin u il-plejers maltin jigru wara l-ballun minghajt hsieb u teknika.

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    guzepp Reply:

    Li niskanta hu li kif kulhadd jghid li r-referees hekk u referees hekk imbaghad alla jista kollox daqxejn ta blata b’loghob medjokri ghanda zewg referees internazzjonali – Bernard ikun impenjat b’mod regolari u f’partiti ta’ livell u anke Gordon ukoll ikollu appointments ta’ stoffa…nghid jien li kieku r-refs Maltin huma daqshekk hziena l-FIBA se ttijhom dawn il-loghob???? Ma nahsibx jien…u l-FIBA nahseb hija naqa iktar kredibbli kinn louis mizzi, baller u l-bella kumpannija

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    Truly Bball Lover Reply:

    Well Said !!

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    Marco Mercieca Reply:

    Aggressive behaviour, followed by a handshake after playing a game we love… i do not see anything wrong in that…

    With regards to the league, high level basketball, i wouldn’t say so, but pathetic, surely not!!! you can never say that when people (players, clubs, refs and committees are giving their all…

    Bball Lover… i don’t think your name is fitting after reading your comments…

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    Do you really love bball? Reply:

    BBall lover, 
    Ma tantx qisek bball lover… ax xejn ma semmejt tajjeb hlief referees. Bball cannot be played without refs or players, so mocking the level we have comes to show how much you love the sport – Or how much you like to post useless comments on a sporting site. 

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  21. Edmund Farrugia says:

    Dear Luxol Fan, Thank you for dragging in my name in this matter. I was suspended for two months as I felt some foreign players were being protected by the refs. My comment was GHAX ISWED, JAGHMEL L-IRID and this was addressed to the referees so I cannot understand how the Depiro American player felt offended. This was all a manouver by Adrian Mifsud to cover up the DISFATTA of his team. Anyway, according to EU directives, we cannot use any more the word COLOURED but instead identify such people as BLACK Americans.

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    josephb Reply:

    Mela iz-zmien qabdek id-dimensja sur edmund, insejt li ghajjart lil tad depiro “ilhom 7 snin gejjin bid dghajjes u intom gibtu iktar afrikani”.
    Forsi ma innotajtx il-mara ta l-impertur kitbet fuq facebook tal MBA x’ghidt inti (issa hassruha) u anke wiehed mill players tieghek ghamel like.

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    Edmund Reply:

    Thanks for reminding me about such an incident. The fact remains that the boat people are ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS and one can say what one wants. The American basketball players are a different kind as they entered Malta through our airport with valid documents. I prefer not getting involved with what Mrs. Imperatur wrote in Facebook as for one to say SHE IS ASHAMED TO BE MALTESE, well she can then go to Africa.

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  22. louis mizzi says:

    veru tal misthija li tkecci kowc bhad dudu. tad depiro bla qalb…………….il plejers kienu jafu il mil lum se jkocjom mario tabone

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    Truly Bball Lover Reply:

    Mela dud kien ilu jeqredli ma ghandux players u issa li gabulu ?? u int fejn taf li kecewh? fejn taf xi klawsoli kien hemm? fejn taf kemm kien tajjeb ?

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  23. louis mizzi says:

    LONG LIVE KING GORDON

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  24. Colin Schembri says:

    B’mod esklussiv dan is-sit jista jhabbar il-coach gdid ta’ Depiro ghall-ewwel divizjoni irgiel. B’effett immedjat it-team ghadda f’idejn Mario Tabone ex-player tal-istess team fi staguni passatti. L-ahhar li pogga bhala coach Tabone kien mat-team tan-nisa ta’ Hibernians hekk kif din hija l-ewwel esperjenza tieghu bhala coach ta’ l-irgiel.

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  25. Miles says:

    Dear All,

    You know we’ve got to find a wayTo bring some lovin’ here today!!!!!

    You know we’ve got to find a wayTo bring some understanding here today!!!!!

    What’s going on?
    What’s going on?

    Miles

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  26. Another Fan says:

    Dear Luxol Fan,
    it is obvious that you were not present when Belin and Sammut had their confrontation, so you decided to shoot from the hip and comment on hearsay.
    By your stating that Steve Sammut called Belin a “nigger”, you have opened yourself to a slander suit.
    I suggest that in future you wait for the evidence to clarify what was actually said between the two players and not make false accusations. Be prepared to hear from a lawyer and once you are found guilty of slander, let us hope the MBA will act accordingly and ban you from Ta’ Qali.

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  27. Chris Sammt says:

    I think this comment was made by a Luxol Fan (no pun intended). I was present during this incident and NO such comment was made.

    Over the past months, Jeron Belin said on Facebook/Twitter:

    1) I didn’t win player of the month cause I’m black (refering to the Malta Basketball Association -directly calling them a racist basketball organization).
    2) I’ve taken this shit personal, I’m gonna kill those niggas so you know what that means (referring to Floriana Basketball club after they released Bryant Williams)
    3) I got something in store for these guys (referring to Floriana Basketball club)

    I think Jeron Belin has an inferiority complex (and so do you).

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  28. karmnu says:

    Jekk li qed jghid luxol fan huwa minnu, mela allura TAL-MISTHIJA u daqshekk. l-MBA trid turi ZERO TOLLERANCE ghar-razzizmu u mhux b’sospensjonijiet ta xhur jew gimghat li ma jfissru xejn imma MULTI KBAR li qabel ma jithallsu il-club/player koncernat jigu SOSPIZI.

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  29. Baller says:

    These racist comments started during the game and the referees never said anything and never called any technical fouls thats why it nearly leaded into a fight after the game. The referees are the most hopless thing in the maltese basketball, they are never consistat, they dont know the rules, referees swearing at players like Gordon does when he should be giving an example and showing respect and they dont know how to keep a game under control like what happened in the Luxol game.

    Mr Paul Sultana dont you think that something has to be done about the referees mhux imbilli mohhok tkabbar il basketball, as maybe a lot of young players are starting to play the game as its being given great promoting but at the same time players from the 1st divisions are thinking of stopping due the stupidity of the referees. Older players stopping is also bad promotion! Do something about it Mr Paul Sultana and ask for the help of Mr Nar Zanolin as now you have contacts maybe he can send some referees to Malta or teach the Maltese refs.

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    Truly Bball Lover Reply:

    Baller why dont you ref???

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    Baller Reply:

    Cos i play and coach! Been playing in first div for the last 10 years with different clubs and this is the worst year of the refs. Never seen such stuipidity and lack of consistancy. But by me starting to ref i’m not gonna solve the problem as per game we need 3 refs not only 1, and this is a problem that Mr Paul Sultana has to solve as i’m doing my part to improve the maltese basketball by coaching over 30 players this year starting from under 12 to under 23 and playing in the 1st div league. Also hearing Ref Gordon during a game telling ref Clive Terribile “ghoqod mohhok hemm” doesnt reflect that good. U seta ma jajjatx ta ghax mis stands smajtu.

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    Truly Bball Lover Reply:

    So instead of talking sarcasim, you see that paul knows there might be a problem.. in the last 2 months I have seen a couple of new young referees.. I am sure once the number is larger I am sure level will go up!

    Bball Lover Reply:

    Clearly seems that both Gordon & Clive did something to you that you did not like. Maybe you were given A T FOUL for persisting shouting, or cotinous protesting. Who knows….. It is about time to show your credentials and certificates with your Average Pass Mark of Championships won and players who did it for the National Team. By d way as far as everyone knows MBA has vacancies for National Coaches. With the above CV you might be a good candidate to fill the post.

    Baller Reply:

    Proset i hemm zewg referees godda imma is there some1 which is capable to teach them. The only person i can think of is Bernard but we know how busy he is with his position.

    Gordon and Clive didnt do anything personally yo me. They did to my team mates by kicking 2 players off the court for doing the same thing 2 other player did during the same game. I’m not saying they did good but at least be consistent on both sides and punish every1 they same way. I dont think coaching in the national team is for me as i barely have any time for my kids and family ahseb u ara nithol coaching for national ukoll. And i heard a lot of great things about this italian coach so i’m sure that Mr Paul Sultana did a great job about the national team coach. The next big step to improve the maltese basketball is to improve the level of ref’s u aktar milli fit triq it tajba ikun Mr Paul Sultana.

    Truly Bball Lover Reply:

    The next step is to teach COACHES like you to teach kids to respect referees decision… good or not and since you are a high level player why dont you show your name so we all see that you do not do mistakes like referees… !!

    Baller Reply:

    lol i can say the same thing to you Truly Bball Lover. Who chose your name ? your mum dad jew nanna?

    Truly Bball Lover Reply:

    I do make mistakes… when I do part …I complain with referees like anyone else … but I know they are human beeings and can make mistakes…..Baller I choose my name and I CHALLENGE you to show yours here since you said that your doing so much good things for bball… and Since your criticising so much Referees… i CHALLENGE you to tell your name so we all see that you can criticize cause you do not do mistakes.. issa l ghazla f idejk !!! I am not perfect so I say refs do mistakes like all we do !!

    Ali Reply:

    Baller oqghod attent x`tallega u tghid ghax qied tparla naqa zejjed!!!!!

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  30. Andrew says:

    Il-kaz ta Steve Sammut rigward razzizmu li gie mitub min Luxol Fan huwa biss spekulazzjoni. M’hemm l-ebda fatti li juru li Steve qal xi haga lil Jeron Belin. Il-qlajja, nista nsejhila hekk ghax mhemmx fatti……qamet biex jithammeg il-plejer ta Floriana ftit qabel il-finali bejn l-istess zewg timijiet f’Marzu.

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  31. Luxol Fan says:

    It seems that this year a number of racist incidents have taken place during matches. The latest one being Steve Sammut insulting the Luxol foreigner (Jeron Belin) and calling him a Nigger. Previously Edmund Farrugia from Athleta got a 2 month suspension from all basketball activities. Let us hope that the MBA will act in the same manner if the facts are confirmed.

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    oriane Reply:

    I hope this comment is a joke, Steve Sammut has never said racist comment, this player Jeron Belin seems having a problem with his color and in reply to you who ever you are your comment has no sense, and you should be careful leaving this type of comment. its not appropriate.

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    Another Fan Reply:

    Dear luxol fan. I hope you are familiar with the inquisition’s ruling which found Steve not guilty of the would be frame up of passing racist remarks!
    I also hope that both you and the four liars who falsely accused Steve of the racist remarks and tried to dirty his name are prepared to face justice and pay the consequences for your stupidity and your libelous comments!

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