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Turkey Basketball Federation threatens to leave Eurobasket after Furkan Korkmaz was attacked in the locker room

The Turkey Basketball Federation threatened to quit the Eurobasket tournament in video evidence isn't handed to them after Furkan Korkmaz got attacked in the locker by three players from Georgia.
76ers guard Furkan Korkmaz

Furkan Korkmaz

Things got heated between Turkey and Georgia, and it spilled off the court as Furkan Korkmaz reportedly got attacked in the locker room after getting ejected from the game.

Furkan Korkmaz attack

Georgia bested host Turkey in double overtime 88-83. Still, an ugly incident after the game took the attention away from the hard-fought victory. Philadelphia 76ers forward Furkan Korkmaz got involved in a heated exchange with Duda Sanadze. Lots of shoving was involved, but thankfully, the tension was de-escalated in minutes.

Furkan got ejected, but things didn’t end there as he was allegedly attacked in the locker room by three players from the Georgia team, namely Goga Bitadze, Tornike Shengelia, Duda Sanadze and some police. The Turkey national team demanded a full investigation into the incident and threatened to quit the Eurobasket tournament otherwise.

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“We will leave this tournament”

According to Turkey Basketball Federation Deputy Chairman Oman Onan, they will demand the security footage be reviewed and given to them; otherwise, they will exit the tournament.

"While Furkan Korkmaz was walking in the hallway to the locker rooms with our trainer, Georgia's players who were not on the active roster attacked him together with the ejected player (Duda Sanadze) and the police. There should not be an attack on the player that goes to the locker room. At the end of the match, 30 policemen each pushed us into a fight. We got into a fight with Georgia's official police. I am calling out to FIBA and I have also told FIBA's officials. Let no one deceive themselves or think that we are stupid. They will bring us all the camera footage from that corridor minute by minute without anything missing. If those cameras do not come to us, we will leave this tournament," Turkish federation vice-president and former player Omer Onan said.

Aside from the scuffle, Turkey has submitted an appeal to review the game. In the 4th quarter, with less than five minutes left in the regulation, 22 seconds were taken off the clock for no apparent reason.

Interestingly, Bitadze and Furkan are set to meet in the NBA on October 24. Gogo plays for the Indiana Pacers while Korkmaz suits up for the Sixers.

Hopefully, both parties will get the reports and information needed to solve the incident. It’s not nice to see players get into it off the court, and it doesn’t represent the beauty of the game of basketball. Instead, expect fines and sanctions to players involved but here’s to hoping all teams could finish the Eurobasket tournament as fans have been treated to some fantastic games so far. 

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