The contests committee at the Libyan Basketbll Federation (LBF) decided to suspended the Libyan Basketball Tournament for the first group (western teams) until they can respond to the clarifications sent by Al-Itihad team regarding its failure to show up in the derby match against Al-Ahli Tripoli.

The derby was supposed to be held at Al-Shuaa club’s hall in Zliten last Friday.

“We need two days to look into the excuses given by Al-Itihad team that made it fail to come to the match, and then we will decide.” The LBF indicated.

Al-Itihad club was located at the heart of the clashes that took place in Bab Benghashir, Tripoli, and that was a reason that made the team fail to play the derby match on Friday, unlike Al-Ahli, which went to Zliten and entered the court with the referees, who announced it as the winner since Al-Itihad failed to turn up.

Al-Itihad threatened to suspend all of its sport activities at the LBF if the reasons it had provided regarding not showing up at the derby were not looked into on a realistic basis, which casts doubt on whether or not the Libyan Basketball Cup draw would be held on time.