Champville won the 2011-2012 Lebanese Championship for the first time in its
history, upsetting Anibal with a score of 57-63.
large part of the Anibal audience was absent from the game in Zahle after online
appeals were posted on the Lebanese Forces website calling on March 14
supporters to boycott the game and to follow it from the Martyrs’ Square in
move came after the surfacing of information that businessman Wadih Al-Abssi,
the sponsor of the Anibal team, bought 1000 passes, which was considered an
attempt to keep supporters from Zahle out of the game.
to information given by the Anibal Vice-president Michel Zarzour who asserted that
the passes would be sold just before the game at the entrance of the stadium,
special information from the Lebanese Basketball Association made available to
LBCI revealed that 1,200 passes were sold two days ago and no passes were sold
at the entrance of the stadium.
Lebanese Forces and the Kataeb had earlier accused the FPM of withholding the passes
from the Zahle residents.
300 Champville supporters attended the game, which
was considered a violation of a decision made by the LBA which called for the
presence of one unified group of spectators in the stadium.