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PBA complaint against UMB: EU commission closed the case

Posted by on June 22, 2020

PBA complaint against UMB: EU commission closed the case

© UMB statement
The world federation of billiards received the official notification from EU commission that the case has been closed

LAUSANNE - The world billiards feceration UMB has received the official notification from the European Commission, stating that the complaint by the Professional Billiard Associaton (PBA) and 22 individual players against the suspensions of players by the UMB, submitted in September 2019, has been dismissed and closed. The UMB concludes that the decison taken by the European Commission has confirmed its position and direction regarding the application of its Statutes and Rules.

The file (AT 40674) was created after the PBA and 22 players complained to the EU against the UMB sanctions, because players were not allowed to participate in PBA tournaments.

In the statement, the UMB wrote: "The UMB and its partners have always joined efforts for a positive development of our sport, beneficial for players, officials, sponsors and fans. The statement concludes with: "Even in this difficult COVID-19 times, the UMB is confident that its sports activities and events will soon resume with a renewed, fresh look at the future.''

The first suspensions were pronounced in June 2019 against 20 European players, one American and one Colombian and mainly Korean players. The UMB carried out the sanctions because it believed that the PBA tournaments could not be included in the UMB international sports calendar.

In ten days, the 6th of July, the first PBA tournament in South Korea after the Corona crisis has been planned on the calendar.



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My Comments

Congratulations to PBA
Congratulations to PBA.

To have a complaint “dismissed and closed” by European Commission (EU-file-AT.40674) is a great achievement and an important success (1), just to stay on point.

Do you have any pseudo-legal cemetery called Asian Commission to submit complaints, too?

Very important for you, PBA, is to read my comment “Horse to the Water” at “PBA Tour with six events and a final” and, if you are patient enough, my other comment “What Suspended and Non-Suspended Players Must know: The Legal Approach” at “Raymond Ceulemans (82) says farewell in Belgium, Posted by Frits BAKKER on June 16, 2020”.

(1)The result (open the file-we have more to do-wait 9 months-close the file) could be easily anticipated, but there was no other way to built and gather collateral evidence and have that sealed and available to join the main case, if needful stuff needs to be added.

Jordi Fontdevila

Message 1/4 - Publish at June 23, 2020 8:57 AM - Edited at July 5, 2020 12:35 PM

UMB goal achieved !
Another historical monument for the stonewall of UMB !

Has EC truly supported the unconscious bias of UMB who considers PBA as an obstacle?

IMO, PBA is not an obstacle to carom billiard sport. It appears it is present and future to carom fans.
But, PBA could be a serious obstacle to the future of mighty UMB (and possibly its business partners).

It seems EC has deliberately gotten the monkey off its back (who in EC knows and cares about carom billiard?) during Covid and UMB is left with ambitious plans to monopolize (than promote)the sport.

BTW, UMB is an global organization (whether well functioning or not) while EC governs part of European continent only (without Turkey !!!-I found this today to my surprise as Turkey is most important member in CEB now and future), not mentioning Brexit.

There are more things to do for UMB out of Europe. Most likely, in Korea and Vietnam than Ireland.
OOps, do not forget Colombia and Mexico, please.

Message 2/4 - Publish at June 23, 2020 4:01 PM

Never enough for UMB
I interpret the decision of EC as " EC is not interested in this internal conflict between sports organizations EC is not well aware of. To be resolved among interested parties involved. Period."

In the May 17th /2020 UMB Important Information Bulletin, I notice "UMB disapproves the collaboration between a Federation (KBF) and PBA, until the conflict between UMB and PBA has been solved and the issued EU Court Case against UMB officially no longer pending.".

I do not care if the case was 'dismissed and closed' or 'withdrawn'.
But an obstacle is removed for UMB. Never enough?

UMB keeps on saying it has never interfered in domestic Federation matters.
Hard to believe!

Maybe KBF chief officers were stupid enough to believe so.
And some players on the street as well. What will happen to their solidarity to KBF?
KBF ended up with the resignation announcement of its president and everything seems messed up.

where is carom billiard world is heading to (without the engine of KBF) ? I am very worried.

Message 3/4 - Publish at June 25, 2020 4:52 PM

모두 걱정
"KBF가 브라보앤뉴와 맺은 중계권 및 마케팅권 계약은 어떻게 되나
- PBA와 브라보앤뉴 모두 'NEW'가 모기업이다. 하지만 PBA와 브라보앤뉴는 다른 회사이기도 하다. KBF는 빌리어즈TV를 보유한 브라보앤뉴와 3년간 총 27억 5000만 원에 계약을 한 것이지 PBA와 계약한 것이 아니다. 하지만 브라보앤뉴가 KBF와 장기계약을 맺은 이유는 PBA와 상생협약이라는 조건 때문이었다. 따라서 이 계약은 파기될 가능성이 높다는 것이 PBA와 KBF 내부 관계자들의 공통된 의견이다."

Publish at June 26, 2020 7:33 AM


Message 4/4 - Publish at June 26, 2020 8:49 AM

Vietnam loyal to UMB
But,do not forget Vietnam was not on the team list for 2020 Viersen World Championship National teams.
If I remember correctly, only Korea and Japan were invited from Asian Federation.

I saw Vietnam organized UMB World Cup many recent years and Asian Carom Championship as well.

Nevertheless, Vietnam had no entry to WCNT 2020 while Egypt (strong African team) and Lebanon
(from Africa or ACC?, yes, Lebanon is not weak team, but ...)

There are many national federations who never organize UMB Worldcups or World Championships but keep on sending their players to collect prize money and medals.
Fair enough? Does it make sense to you?

Good luck to Vietnam in 2021 WCNT Viersen (or somewhere else)!!!

Publish at June 26, 2020 1:30 PM

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