FRancisco ‘Paco’ Monjas reached an agreement with the Association of Basketball Clubs (ACB) to conclude his work as refereeing director, a position he held for two periods (1998 – 2002 and 2013 – 2021) and which will now be taken over by the former referee José Antonio Martín Bertrán, as reported by the same entity this Thursday through a statement.
“Paco has been a transcendental person for the development of the ACB, Spanish basketball and especially to make the ACB refereeing the best valued in Europe,” said Antonio Martín, president of the ACB, who thanked Monjas for their work. 44 years he was linked to professional arbitration as a collegiate and later in leadership tasks.
Francisco Monjas began his refereeing career in 1969 and reached the elite in the 1977-78 season. In September 1983, he directed the first match since the founding of the ACB and until his retirement in the 1996-97 academic year, he refereed numerous League and Cup finals, in addition to being international since 1986.
After his retirement in 1997, he was linked to the Arbitration Department of the ACB in different tasks, among which the most outstanding was that of arbitration director who, after this announcement, came to an end in a second stage that began in 2013.
José Antonio Martín Bertrán, new referee director of this entity, has been the referee with the most matches in officiated at the ACB (1160 games) and in his 32 years of working as a professional referee he had the opportunity to direct ten Copa del Rey finals , three of the Endesa Super Cup and 24 final playoff games. His last referee was the semifinal of the 2020 Endesa Super Cup, where he received a tribute from the Association and the clubs participating in the event.