Apcev case to continue after secret vote taken last night

Tuesday, March 15, 2011, 10:20

by Sandro Micallef

Petar Apcev from Macedonia

Petar Apcev from Macedonia

During an MBA Executive meeting held yesterday at the Malta Basketball Association it was decided that the Apcev case will be put in front of an inquiry board. This Board is to decide whether the player, who featured for Luxol, was eligible to play or not in the local basketball league.

Luxol are claiming that the player was eligible to play since he came to Malta to study the english language and therefore he could not be considered as an additional foreigner. Apcev’s participattion triggered a formal protest by Siggiewi and other local Clubs that led to the recent hurricane at the MBA.

This site is informed that Magistrate Antonio Mizzi, President of the MBA, yesterday wanted to shelve the the Petar Apcev’s case since, according to him, things have now changed for the better and exactly as the Clubs wanted, with more power and authority to the Clubs in the MBA Executive. There was no agreement amongst the eight executive members to shelve the Apcev case, so a secret vote was held to decide the matter.

The secret vote resulted in 5 votes against the President’s suggestion to shelve the case and 3 votes in favour. After this vote it was decided that the Apcev case (a player from Macedonia) would continue and all the details will now be investigated by a Board to be composed of Dr. Victor Scerri, Dr. John Bonello and Ceasar Scerri amongst others.

During the same meeting David Agius’ proposal was also defeated by a vote.He hadoriginally put forward a motion saying that the Clubs were  to decide themselves about Apcev’s case with their decision then to be approved by the Executive in the spirit of the new amendments approved to the MBA statute.

This site has learned that the motion which was eventually approved by a vote that a Board of inquiry is to be set to settle the issue was put forward by Trevor Degiorgio.

During the meeting of last night the President’s Council also discussed David Aguis’ proposal to allow the team he represents  Siggiewi Basketball to field another foreigner in the league a Greek-Belgian player. Till now the player himself has not yet sent in a formal letter to the MBA requesting permission to play with Siggiewi. If the player will send this letter, it was decided yesterday that the MBA will inform him that his request will be taken into consideration. 

In the meantime insiders have told this site that all Clubs were yesterday handed a draft Players Registration Policy and were asked to send in their feedback as soon as possible. As things stand the Siggiewi Greek-Belgian player can play only with this Club if Siggiewi release their other foreigner.





14 Comments

  1. JOE MIZZI says:

    I am sure that Jony had a good night sleep after all the trouble Siggiewi, Loyola and Depiro have put him through.For sure no Divorce Referendum will hinder the deep love between Jony and his ta Qali friends.

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  2. Joe Borg says:

    Dan il-kaz qisu pixkerija tintenn mill-hut.

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    Whip Reply:

    Ghaliex?

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  3. Whip says:

    You and the understanding of the Monarchy is somewhat mind boggling. what good news are you after? come on tell us!!!!

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  4. Enough says:

    Seems that this case is now becoming the second part of the 2010/2011 farce in Ta’ Qali. Seems that the board that had to decide yesterday did not decide and Luxol/Apcev cannot play for another week. This is taking too long and definetily the new administration started on the wrong foot. If it was the president’s council that lat November approved Apcev, why did the MBA president find an objection now and decided to appoint a board? And if the board was agreed upon on Monday 14th, what is taking so long? Is the MBA AFRAID OF LUXOL???

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    Whip Reply:

    Very well written until your last sentence. Luxol are the clear losers in all this story. Had they not beat Siggiewi on January 29th, none of this 2 month saga would have happened. It all boils down to Siggiewi having lost and not accepting defeat. Had Siggiewi won we would have had the same presidents Councils, the continuation of the league and so on and so forth. THIS LEAVES US ONLY WITH THE FACT THAT THE PEOPLE WHO STARTED THIS REVOLUTION DUE TO A LOSS THEY DEEMED UNFIT AT THAT STAGE. PERSONAL AGENDAS AND GAIN ARE CLEARLY THE ORDER OF THE DAY NOW.

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  5. JOE MIZZI says:

    Any fresh info as regards to H.R.M. Petar Apcev . Monday was the big night when this dude had to appear in front of the MBA board. Is no news good news for H.R.M. King of Macedonia.

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    Enough Reply:

    Joe mizzi seems that no decision was taken yesterday and Luxol/Apcev have to wait another week…this is becoming absurd to say the least

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  6. Matthew Bonnici says:

    maybe if the people running the association, the teams taking part and anyone with an interest in the local leagues (sports interests and not other)…. then maybe we’d be attracting players from foreign leagues to improve our game as opposed to trying the utmost in the opposite direction. We (players/supporters/coaches) are faced with a deteriorating situation. A place not fit to play, an association that is bureaucratic, supporters that are bored stiff with seeing the same thing year in year out, players that are disgruntled because of this situation, a detiorating level of basketball (and its not getting any better) and yet the game is faced with very complicated rules that are ambiguous and that impede improvement. MAYBE its better to focus on improvement rather than personal vengance. Within a few years not even the rodents will want to be at Ta Qali. Yes, it’s that bad.

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    Joe Borg Reply:

    Mr Bonnici
    If what is heard through the grapevine is correct, the worst rodents are not those 4 legged ones in Ta Qali…………..but some two legged ones that visit and/or used to visit Ta Qali. And believe me, the latter are even worse. Pity some don´t go for sainthood.
    Mr Mizzi, if I may ask, are you aware of what can happen if as you stated taparsi he was a student ? What do the rules say in case of an irregular registration ? From what has come out in the media it seems that this is the case that started all this tsunami in basketball.
    If a player is penalised and gets a suspension for doing something which is deemed against the rules (such as using foul language on court or ejected during a game), than any club delegate/club, whoever it is, no matter which club, should be given a suspension as deserved and a clear message sent to all clubs that no one is above the regulations.

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  7. JOE MIZZI says:

    IF….BUT….MAYBE……ALWAYS….. are all magical words.
    IF….Apcev was brought to Malta from Macedonia to play by Luxol, taparsi to study English and Spanish, then its an irregular registration. BUT…..Luxol got the OK from MBA, so MBA has to deal with this irregular registration, than again we will see heads flying within Presidents Council. MAYBE….. We can arrange matters but letting 2nd international (EU) to play with Siggiewi and thus down grade the issue and finally ALWAYS……..today MBA is run by lawyers,Members of Parlament and business people, so things can be negotioated under the table, ALWAYS in the interest of Basketball.

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  8. Joe Borg says:

    Mr Bonnici
    Thanks for your perspective.
    So if I may ask, if Mr Apcev, repeat, IF, and hopefully this board of enquiry settles this matter once and for all, and basketball can continue, put these past few weeks behind and move forward, is found to have been signed irregularly, what happens ? Hopefully this new board is set up regularly unlike as quoted in a local newspaper, a recent board of appeals, which was not. And you rest guaranteed that if it had been, some of the things that happened and that you rightly quoted, would not have happened.
    NB None of the clubs in the first division interest me. I rather watch a second division game as I sometimes do and enjoy the games. Hopefully none of this drama and sainthood finds its way in the 2 div league. Thank you.

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  9. Matthew Bonnici says:

    I did not mention Atleta/Sliema/Pembroke/AtoZ (or whatever they are called these days) as it is evident they are the strongest team and in line to win all honours and are at a loss with all this debacle.

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  10. Matthew Bonnici says:

    I guarantee none of this would have happened (league delay, protests, Apcev case, council appointments, secret votes… etc etc) if Siggiewi beat Luxol on the 29th January 2011. Luckily for Siggiewi they managed and are still managing to prolong this matter untill all players on their injury list are fit. As for Rabat and Loyola, no mention needed, they’re just riding the Siggiewi bandwagon. Their agenda is to create the limelight they do not create on a basketball court. I still cannot understand their involvement in the protest.

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