Scandal in Tbilisi: Turkey threatened to leave EuroBasket after an attack on the star of the team! – Basketball – Eurobasket

Scandal in Tbilisi: Turkey threatened to leave EuroBasket after an attack on the star of the team! – Basketball – Eurobasket
Scandal in Tbilisi: Turkey threatened to leave EuroBasket after an attack on the star of the team! – Basketball – Eurobasket

The assistant coach of the Turkish national basketball team Hakan Demir revealed scandalous scenes after the disqualification of Furkan Korkmaz in the fourth part of the match with Georgia, and the vice-president of the Turkish Basketball Federation Yomer Onan threatened that the country will leave the European Championship in Tbilisi if the hosts did not provide security camera footage.

According to Demir at the press conference, after the match, a fight broke out between Korkmaz and three players of Georgia, plus people from the security of the hall after the Turkish national was attacked by them when he was sent to the dressing rooms.

“We came here to play basketball, nothing more than that and everything should be on the court, but unfortunately there is a big scandal off the court, and that is not good for the sport. This was supposed to be just a basketball game, but it wasn’t. We have two more games here. Unfortunately, what happened in the hallways and in the locker room is not good for sports. We will check all security cameras. We expected more hospitality and more gentlemanly behavior. There was good basketball on the court, but we are disappointed with what happened. The atmosphere was very good and yes, there was tension on the pitch between the players. But when they go to the dressing room, three of the Georgian national team plus the security cause a fight, which is unacceptable. Georgia won and we congratulate them, but that doesn’t matter now. What is important is what happens in the corridor and this news reached our players, how our competitor was attacked. And also how 22 seconds were saved in the course of the match,” said Hakan Demir after the match with Georgia at the Tbilisi Arena on Sunday evening.

Turkey’s national team protested the result as 22 seconds had been lost from the game clock following a collision between Korkmaz and Georgia international Duda Sanadze, and Onan’s statement to Eurohoops shortly afterwards was:

“While Furkan Korkmaz was walking to the dressing room with his coach, the players of the Georgian team who were not in the match group (probably Tornike Shengelia and Goga Bitadze) attacked him in the corridors. Their disqualified player Duda Sanadze, as well as police officers, joined the attack. At the end of the match, 30 uniformed men tried to attack us. We ran into the Georgia police. I appeal to FIBA ​​and all the federation officials – don’t let these people think we are stupid. They have to provide us with the security camera footage from the hallway minute by minute without missing any of it. If these shots do not reach us, we will leave the tournament,” said Yumer Onan.

The Turkey camp points out that the interference between Korkmaz and Sanadze on the field and the first foul was called with 4:48 remaining in the fourth period, and play resumed with 4:26 minutes on the scoreboard. About 10 minutes were needed to quell the tension in the hall.


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