The match between Turkey and Georgia was marred with incidents, on and especially off the pitch. The Turks say their player Furkan Korkmaz was assaulted in the hallway leading to his dressing room and by local police. The Georgian federation responds on social networks to these statements.
Following the incident, coach Ergin Ataman declared that the match had to be replayed, which in any case seems impossible given the very tight timing of EuroBasket. The Georgian federation believes that it was Ataman’s provocations that set fire to the powder.
“The National Basketball Federation of Georgia expresses its outrage at the provocative actions taken by the head coach of the Turkish national basketball team. His action was aimed at aggravating the situation, he did not hesitate to make obscene gestures towards the referees of the match and the spectators present, his behavior is unethical, and has already been expressed on several occasions in the press and at press conferences.
These insulting statements have had an impact on the players of the Turkish national team, a clear example of which is the display of physical aggression by Furkan Korkmaz towards the players of the Georgian national team, which was accompanied by threats and aggressive actions on his part… Messages of threats and attacks on life were also made by supporters of the Turkish national team, many of them sent and received by national team players Georgian.
The National Basketball Federation of Georgia demands an appropriate response from FIBA on the mentioned matter in order to give a strict answer to the Turkish national team coach’s deliberately provocative behavior.
At the same time, the slanderous statement of the vice-president of the Turkish Federation, Omer Onan, about the aggression of their player by the police and the players of the Georgian national team is surprising and goes beyond all limits…
The Georgia National Basketball Federation is making every effort to clarify Omen Onan’s erroneous and offensive statement as soon as possible (…) We call for a timely special investigation to determine the truth.
The Georgia National Basketball Federation completely disassociates itself from any form of violence. Our position is that what happens between the players and the participants of the match should not go beyond the limits of the field. »
Photo: Thaddus McFadden (Georgia, FIBA)