Open Letter To The EBU from The Fédération Luxembourgeois de Boxe
Below is an open letter from the Fédération Luxembourgeois de Boxe to the European Boxing Union laying out reasons why their membership status be reinstated.
Fédération Luxembourgeoise de Boxe a.s.b.l.
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Open Letter to:
Bob Logist President EBU
Enza Iacoponi General Secretary
Members of EBU
Niederkorn, le 03.10.2012
Dear Ladies and Gentlemen:
As you are aware, the Fédération Luxembourgeois de Boxe (FLB) lost its membership status of the European Boxing Union (EBU) – of which FLB was a founding member! – over the licencing of the David Haye vs Dereck Chisora fight on July 14, 2012 in London, England.
While we contend that this act was in truth based on the fact, that the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBofC) wishes to discourage and discriminate other European national federations from licencing professional boxing in the United Kingdom – an illegal process by the BBBofC according to European Union free trade and monopoly laws, as we all know – the official reason given for the “expulsion” of FLB from the EBU was “that sanctioning Haye vs Chisora is not promoting boxing” (EBU statement)
In this context two points are important to know:
1 - FLB was never charged with violating any kind of rules, laws or statutes!
2 - The EBU’s ONLY object is to “control the different European Championships and to award the titles of Champion” (EBU statutes, Article 3). NOWHERE does it say that the EBU, by way of disciplinary or any other action, is entitled to interfer with national licencsing issues nor is empowered to claim as “facts” that certain bouts are “not promoting boxing”.
Conclusion: It follows, by way of logic, that FLB should never have been “expulsed” by the EBU in the first place as the vote was unfounded and unconstitutional!
In contrast, the true facts are:
For all those reasons outlined above, it is perfectly clear that NOT ONE ACTION undertaken by FLB in the licencsing of Haye, Chisora and their fight was in any way, shape or form detrimental to boxing, unlawful, illegal or against any statutes of any organization.
The only “crime” the FLB committed was to offend the BBBofC by abiding to the laws of the European Union and in full conformity with those sanction and licence a professional boxing event in Great Britain. Other national federations are making use of this lawful possibility since many years – the Austrian Federation readily springing to mind with dozens of shows sanctioned in Germany over the last years.
All EBU members, as well as the WBC, WBA, WBO and IBF, should be aware that the whole issue of “expulsing” FLB from the EBU was not about Haye, Chisora or their fight, BUT TO PREVENT FLB FROM OPERATING IN THE UK IN COMPETITION WITH THE BBBOFC, IN CLEAR CONTRAVENTION OF EUROPEAN UNION FREE TRADE AND MONOPOLY REGULATIONS!
Therefore, the EBU should without question excuse itself with the FLB for getting it totally wrong, for having become a tool for the BBBofC’s illegal attempts at monopoly for supervising boxing in the UK, and for taking the action it has taken, which have been proved as wrong as one dares to imagine.
We therefore request the EBU and its members to invite back FLB into the EBU with immediate effect, and confirm that FLB will accept the invitation.
Pierre Back, President
Tonio Tiberi, General Secretary
PS: It is worth noting that at the first FLB-supervised promotion since the Haye vs Chisora show on September 29, 2012 in Neuwied, Germany, THREE member federations of the EBU gave authorizations WITHOUT RESERVATIONS for their boxers to compete, thus DE FACTO recognizing FLB as a bona fide organization! Namely, these three EBU members were Slovakia, Austria and – Germany...!!
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