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Confirmed: Basketball CEO banned from grassroots competition over ugly incident

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Another senior sporting official has been caught challenging a referee at a junior match.

The CEO of Basketball Victoria has been punished for an altercation with at least one referee at his daughter’s under-12s game at Box Hill.

3AW’s Rumour File has confirmed a tribunal found Nick Honey guilty of bringing the game into disrepute, gross breach of code, and avoidable contact with an official.

He has been ordered to serve an eight-week ban for the incident in February and remains CEO while serving his suspension.

It comes after the AFL’s Match Review Officer was called out for questioning an umpire during an amateur women’s football match.

Rod Bush, Chairman of the Technical Officials Commission (the most senior referee at Basketball Victoria) told Nick McCallum parents seem to have become more focussed on winning and not their child’s enjoyment of the sport.

“It’s definitely a concern,” he said.

“The attitudes of most parents is they want their kids to win and we’re losing the fun and enjoyment.”

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Michael Christain apologised for what happened earlier this month and continues to carry out his role.

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