Final Four referees have been announced

Apr 25, 2003 by Euroleague.net Print
 Final Four referees have been announced

The names of the eight referees who will work the Final Four have been announced by the Euroleague. Looking as always toward the future of European basketball, the Euroleague decided to include four referees who will make their Final Four debuts. The list includes: Miguel Betancor (Spain), Nikos Pitsilkas (Greece), Iztok Rems (Slovenia), Pascal Dorizon (France), Jose Antonio Martin Bertran (Spain), Stelios Koukoulekidis (Greece), Ilija Belosevic (Serbia-Montenegro) and Milivoje Jovcic (Serbia-Montenegro). The veterans of previous Final Fours are Betancor, Pitsilkas, Rems and Dorizon. Those who will be working their first Final Four tournaments are Belosevic, Jovcic, Koukoulekidis and Martin Bertran. By assigning newcomers to half the Final Four officiating crew, the Euroleague aims both to reward professional competency and diversify the pool of referees with experience in Europe's top basketball event. Along with refereeing assignments, the appointment of two game commissioners for the Final Four was announced. They are Fabrice Saint Aubert of France and Wiezlaw Zych of Poland. The Final Four is to be held May 9 to 11 at Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona.

One of the eight referees selected to work the Final Four cannot attend the tournament for personal reasons and a substitute has been named. Euroleague chief refereeing officer Costas Rigas was notified by letter from Pascual Dorizon of France that due to the illness of a close family member, he cannot travel to the Final Four. Rigas accepted with understanding the decision and named as a substitute Dubravko Muhvic (shirt number 86) of Croatia. Muhvic, 39, has been a referee since 1989, on the international level since 1996. As such, Muhvic becomes the fifth referee who will make his Final Four debut later this week in Barcelona.