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Sunday, January 11, 2009

Israeli basketball team that fled court tagged with forfeit

The Israeli basketball team Bnei HaSharon, which fled from an Ankara basketball court last week after the crowd rioted was tagged with a forfeit tonight by the Eurocup Basketball Federation.
The Eurocup disciplinary judge has ruled on the Week 9 regular season game Turk Telekom Ankara vs. Bnei Hasharon, which was not played as scheduled last Tuesday, by sanctioning both teams. The ruling by the disciplinary judge was made Sunday. The judge sanctioned Turk Telekom of Turkey with one home game to be played behind closed doors without fans and a 15,000 [Euro CiJ] fine for not taking 'all necessary preventive measures to avoid disturbances before, during and after the game'. He sanctioned Bnei Hasharon of Israel with a 20-0 defeat in the unplayed game and a fine of 50,000 [Euro CiJ] for refusing to participate once referees had deemed the playing arena safe. The judge's ruling may be appealed by either or both teams within a period of 10 days from its issuance.
This is ridiculous. The home team's most basic obligation in all sports events is to provide a safe environment in which the game can be played. If anything, Ankara should have forfeited the game.

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At 10:47 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

The rules are rigged against Jews. C'mon Carl - did you really expect to hear anything different from the European judges? Of course its absurd!

At 10:56 PM, Blogger What is "Occupation" said...


how typical

please get the association's email so we can let them know our feelings.


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