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Munich 1972 Basketball Regulations (excerpt)

3.7. Protests


Protests concerning the amateur status of a participant, as well as complaints and objections of any kind, shall be handled in accordance with the general Rules of the IOC, of FIBA and, should they be of a technical nature, with regulations 3.7.2. and 3.7.3. as listed below.


Protests of a technical nature shall be judged, in the first instance, by the Technical Committee of FIBA and thereafter by the Jury of Appeal of FlBA.

The Technical Committee of FIBA is composed of the General Secretary of FIBA (or his representative), a representative of the Basketball Federation of the Federal Republic of Germany and a third member, chosen by the other two. The Jury of Appeal of FIBA is formed of representatives of the nations taking part in the Olympic Basketball Tournament on the recommendation of the General Secretary of FIBA. The Jury of Appeal consists of five members and four alternate members. The chair shall be taken by the senior member of the FIBA Central Bureau present in Munich.

Members of the Jury of Appeal of FIBA who are of the same nationality as the teams involved in such a protest may not take part in the decision and alternate members shall take their place


Should a team believe to have had its interests adversely affected by a decision of an Official (referee or umpire) or by any event whatever that took place during a game, it must proceed in the following manner:

a) At the moment when the incident takes place, either immediately when the ball is dead and the watch is stopped, or at the first time-out that follows, the captain of the team shall make his observations to the referee, provided this is done in a calm and courteous manner. The referee may explain his decision or, if necessary, may examine the score sheet and check the score and the playing time. The interruption of play thus caused, should it exceed 30 seconds, shall be charged as a time-out to the team in question unless the referee, recognizing the validity of the observation, decides otherwise.

b) If, at the end of the game, the team in question should deem to have been put at a disadvantage by what has happened, its captain shall, at the moment of signing the score sheet, indicate in writing next to his name “under protest". In order to make this declaration valid, it shall be necessary that the official representative of the team on the court (either its coach or the representative of the national federation) gives confirmation of this protest in writing within the 20 minutes following the end of the game, without however giving detailed explanations (for instance: “The national federation of X protests the result of the game between the teams of X and of Y"), then depositing with the representative of FIBA or of the Technical Committee, as security, the sum of US $ 50.00, or the equivalent in another currency according to the current rate of exchange at the Bank in the Olympic Village.

c) The national federation of the team in question must submit to the President of the Technical Committee the text of its protest within the 4 hours following the end of the game. If the protest is accepted, the security shall be refunded. Should the national federation of the team in question, or that of the opposing team, not be in agreement with the decision of the Technical Committee, it may then address an appeal to the Jury of Appeal provided that it is done immediately and with the deposit, as a security, of a sum equivalent to US $ 100.00. The Jury of Appeal shall judge the protest in the last instance, and its decision shall be final.