There has been drama in EuroBasket, with Philadelphia 76ers forward and Turkish player Furkan Korkmaz reportedly being attacked by Georgian players.
Turkey have threatened to quit the tournament if security footage of the incident is not released, which allegedly took place in the locker room after Korkmaz was ejected.
Turkey, who lost 88-83, also officially protested the match result after 22 seconds were taken off the clock during the altercation between Korkmaz and Duda Sanadze.
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“The fact that it’s not just 1 or 2 seconds but 22 makes us think the situation isn’t just a mistake,” assistant coach Hakan Demir said, per EuroHoops.
Korkmaz and Sanadze were sent off after meeting in the fourth quarter, although that was only the beginning of the drama according to Turkish FA vice-president Omer Onan.
“As Furkan Korkmaz was walking down the hallway leading to the locker room with our coach, the Georgian players who were not on the active roster attacked him along with the expelled player (Duda Sanadze) and the police,” he said. told reporters, EuroHoops.
“There shouldn’t be an attack on the player going to the locker room. At the end of the game, 30 policemen pushed each of us into a fight. We had a fight with the official Georgia police.
“I’m calling FIBA and I’ve also talked to FIBA officials about it. Let no one make a mistake or think we’re stupid. They’ll bring us all the camera footage from that lane minute by minute with nothing. miss. If those cameras don’t come to us, we’ll quit this tournament.”
Demir also alleged that the security guards “attacked our player and our coach” while Korkmaz was attacked by “three players from the opposing team”.
“We came here to play basketball, not boxing,” he added.
“Therefore, we are very disturbed by the weak security experienced today. We will also follow this case. Today, the Georgian players and some security guards in the hallway disrespected us. We came here to play basketball, not for anything else.
“So everything should stay on the pitch, but unfortunately a big scandal took place off the pitch. Such things do not suit the spirit of sport. A basketball game was supposed to be played today, but unfortunately what happened went beyond basketball.
“We still have two games left in Georgia and unfortunately what happened in the halls today was against the spirit of the sport. We expected more courteous treatment, but unfortunately it didn’t. is not produced.
Demir went on to say he would explain why 22 seconds were taken off the game clock during the Korkmaz-Sanadze incident, alleging it was a deliberate act.
“The fact that it’s not just 1 or 2 seconds but 22 makes us think the situation isn’t just a mistake,” he said.
“We will follow that as well. We came to Georgia hoping to be in a brother country. Yes, there were tensions between the players on the pitch today, but it is not possible for us to accept what happened afterwards.
“Players may have tension with each other on the pitch, but they are friends off the pitch. It is very sad that the security guards are also involved in today’s incident. Of course, Georgia won the game, I congratulate them too, but that’s not the point. What really matters is what happens in the hallways”.