The summer EuroBasket match between Turkey and Georgia intensified on Sunday, leading to Furkan Korkmaz being sent off and then an alleged attack on the Sixers attacker by Georgian players in the tunnels.
The instigating incident was a foul on Korkmaz, who was with the Turkish national team, late in the fourth quarter when Georgia’s Duda Sanadze came up to fend off his diving attempt.
The two exchanged words after the play, butted heads, and had to be separated. They were promptly kicked out of the game by officials, In the New York Post.
However, the confrontation reportedly spread to the tunnels, where Korkmaz was attacked by three Georgian players on the way back to the dressing room, According to “European News Basket”. According to Turkish basketball reporter Ismail Şenol, the group consisted of Sanadze and the players not on the list Tornike Shengelia and Goga Bitadze.
“I saw a small part of what happened in court,” Korkmaz said.Via BasketNews). “We had each other face to face, and he started talking to me. I wouldn’t let anyone talk to my face.
“In the game, yeah. It’s part of the game. You say something and say something, but the thing he said wasn’t something I’d let slip. I interacted as a human being, as a player, and as a man.”
Regarding the tunnels incident, Korkmaz continued:
“When I was talking to the tunnel, the conditioning worker was with me. As soon as we got out of the tunnel and tried to get into the locker room, I saw three Georgian players along with two security men running towards us. We started throwing punches at each other. That’s basically what happened.
“It was like a street fight. There was no talking or conversation. People just came to us and tried to attack us. Of course, we responded and tried to defend ourselves – exactly what we would do as men. I also think it’s a security issue. But I don’t know if it was a security issue.” Or if they show tolerance for their players.” [BasketNews]
Georgia, whose capital is Tbilisi, went on to defeat Turkey 88-83 in double overtime. Turkish national team coach Ergen Ataman was also dismissed in a separate incident, so assistant coach Hakan Demir touched on the matter after the match, while Turkish Federation Vice President Omer Onan threatened to leave the team for the tournament if the International Basketball Federation did not investigate.
Said Demir (via EuroHoops.net):
“Today, the Georgian players and some security guards in the lobby did not respect us. We came here to play basketball, not for anything else. So everything should stay on the court, but unfortunately, there was a big scandal outside the stadium. Such things do not fit in with The spirit of sport We were supposed to play the basketball game today but unfortunately it went beyond the basketball We have two more games in Georgia and unfortunately what happened in the lanes today was against the spirit of sport.. We were expecting kinder treatment but unfortunately that didn’t happen.
“There was a basketball game with two extra time on the field. Sometimes we played well and sometimes Georgia played well, but after our player, Furkan Korkmaz, was disqualified, three players of the opposing team attacked him in the lanes, while the security guards attacked our player and coach. We came to We are here to play basketball and not the box. So we are very disturbed by the security weakness that we are witnessing today and we will follow up on this issue as well.” [EuroHoops.net]
Turkey also protested the outcome of the match due to a dispute over timekeeping. But FIBA rejected this case. However, the board of directors is looking into the alleged quarrel between Korkmaz and the Georgian players.
“With regard to the allegations made by both federations regarding actions in team areas on the court, which include players and delegates from both teams, an investigation is still ongoing,” the FIBA statement read. “Once the investigation is completed, the relevant FIBA bodies will decide on any applicable disciplinary measures.”
Turkey returned home to continue playing on Tuesday, beating Belgium 78-63. Korkmaz, who is entering his sixth season with the Sixers, scored 16 points in a 6-of-12 shootout.
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