According to Spain-based SoloBasket, these were certainly enough oddity for the losing side, Spartak St. Petersburg, to file an official protest in the wake of the 82-73 loss to Triumph Lyubertsy.
At that time, BiE wondered whether this was an “epic display of flopping, personal vendetta or match-fixing conspiracy.” Clearly head coach Jure Zdovc has at least personally eliminated the “flopping” option.
About 1½ weeks prior to BiE’s look at the crucial PBL game, Enrico Cellini had taken a look at what was deemed a possible “classic Italian mess” involving a massive referee protest against the nation’s official referees’ committee. At that time, the CIA (the committee’s oddly serendipitous acronym in the native language) announced 15 zebras would be suspended – later upping that number to 20. Subsequently, another 12 refs also received suspensions, leading BiE to wonder if there’s *anyone* calling Italian games.
And people say the officiating in NBA games is problematic…