The dispute surfaced when an English Basketball Association press release "regretted" the League's inability to rearrange fixtures to allow England to take a full squad for a tournament in Portugal next weekend, prior to the championship fixtures beginning against Switzerland on Wednesday week.
The EBA's chief executive, Simon Kirkland, said: "It's very disappointing we can't now take a full squad to Portugal and that our coach [Laszlo Nemeth] doesn't have the same co-operation that Kevin Keegan enjoys from Premiership clubs."
Stung by this perceived criticism, the League's chief executive, Mike Smith, replied: "The owners are extremely upset with the criticism being levelled at them as they have made very effort to support the England programme."
Kirkland said: "It is the League that's the problem, not the owners," and insisted "We are not criticising, just making observations."Reuse content