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Basketball Victoria Chief Executive suspended from games after dispute with referee at junior game

Basketball Victoria Chief Executive suspended from games after dispute with referee at junior game
April 20, 2018
Legal / Sport /

Basketball Victoria Chief Executive Nick Honey has been banned from attending matches after an altercation with an umpire at junior basketball game in which his daughter was playing.

An independent tribunal imposed the eight-week ban after the incident at the under-12s match in Box Hill in February.

It is understood Honey approached the junior match umpire in front of children at the game to "discuss umpiring standards".

As reported by the ABC, he "touched" the umpire during the altercation but no further details about the type of physical contact involved were provided by Basketball Victoria.

Honey was charged with avoidable contact with a referee, gross breach of the code of conduct and bringing basketball into disrepute.

In a statement, Basketball Victoria said Honey had apologised for his conduct and was only suspended from attending basketball games in an unofficial capacity.

The statement said he was allowed to attend games in his capacity as Basketball Victoria's Chief Executive and he continued to head the organisation.

It advised "Mr Honey realises as the head of sporting organisation he is held to a higher account than other basketball spectators and accepted his sanction without question."

Honey, who was formerly the head of Athletics Victoria, will be able to attend his children's basketball games again from 2nd May.

The statement added "Mr Honey has been supported throughout this process by the Basketball Victoria board and the entire organisation.”

Basketball Victoria did not indicate whether Honey’s long term future as Chief Executive was to be reviewed. 

Image of Nick Honey courtesy of Basketball Victoria.

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