THE Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) through its legal counsel has conveyed to Fiba a 'very diplomatic but strong message' about Australia's tampering of the court stickers at Philippine Arena ahead of its match against the Philippines.
Claiming the ad logos made the court slippery, the Boomers angered their hosts when they 'unilaterally and without seeking permission' tore off the stickering on the floor during closed-door practice from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The SBP said the Aussies caused permanent damage to the floor.
The Local Organizing Committee through SBP Deputy Executive Director Bernie Atienza acknowledged the right of the visiting team to complain but didn’t have the right to remove anything as all the stickering of the floor was approved by Fiba’s branding manager who was present for the placement of the stickers.
SBP legal counsel Aga Francisco warned the incident could turn into a legal issue as the owners and operators of the Philippine Arena could file criminal action of 'malicious damage to property through pre-meditation and in conspiracy with each other.'
The Australians through their representatives to the technical meeting admitted fault and deeply apologized for the incident, the SBP said.
However, Francisco urged Fiba to act decisively on the incident for fear of “turning this into an unsavory international incident.;
"Fiba should take action in order that the owners will be appeased so they will not file action,” the SBP said.
SBP was still awaiting Fiba’s response to the matter at posting time.