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Australian authorities announced Friday that they will open an investigation into the friendly match between the United States and Australia basketball teams, held last Thursday in Melbourne, for alleged cheating on consumers.
The purpose of the investigation will be to determine if there was deception by advertising that "the super-star players were going to be there when they were not really there", as well as attending to "the complaints of the people who claim they could not see the game", The president of the Australian Competition and Consumption Commission (ACCC), Rod Sims, told Efe.
Sims said he does not know how long the investigations may take or if he will file a lawsuit for the violation of consumer law, although those responsible for the alleged deception could face a millionaire fine.
Last year, the Australian Parliament passed a law that prescribes fines to entertainment companies between USD 1.1 million (EUR 671,540) to AUD 10 million (EUR 6.1 million), triple their profit or ten percent of sales volume in the previous twelve months.
In the encounter at the Docklands Stadium, which US He won 102-86, missing NBA stars like LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Steph Curry, while Australian star Ben Simmons did not participate, as he had signed a millionaire contract with the US team Philadelphia 76ers.
Many of the 50,000 fans who came to the party filed complaints with the ACCC because the meeting was held on an elevated surface, which prevented a part of the public from watching the game due to the arrangement of plastic chairs. "1,500 Australian dollars (916 EUR) per ticket for this view. AUS v USA. What a mockery," said actor Russell Crowe on his Twitter account, which included a short video.
The investigations point to the promoters of the TEG Live show, as well as to those responsible for the sale of tickets. "We have not yet determined who is responsible," said Sims, who promised to "get to the bottom of the matter."
Before the complaints of hundreds of spectators and facing an upcoming game on Saturday in the same place, the organizers of the meeting have begun to return the money from the tickets to the spectators who have complained.
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