The Turkish Basketball Federation has threatened this Sunday to withdraw from the Eurobasket if the attack suffered by the player Furkan Korkmaz after the game against Georgia in Tbilisi, which ended with the Georgian victory by 83-88, is not investigated.
Turkish shooting guard Korkmaz and Georgian player Dude Sanadze clashed during the match and had to be forcibly separated by other team members, for which they were disqualified, reports the Turkish daily Hürriyet.
As Korkmaz headed to the locker room, he was assaulted by other Georgian players, who were not playing at the time, as well as several policemen, the Turkish Basketball Federation (TBF) said in a statement posted on its website.
"You cannot attack a player who goes to the locker room. The match is over, we lost, and in the locker room a shoving fight broke out with 30 policemen; the Georgian official police triggered a physical fight," denounced the vice president of the TBF , Omer Onan.
The Federation now demands that the FIBA authorities hand over the images from the security cameras to clarify what happened in the corridors and, if not done, threatens to withdraw from the tournament.
"We tell FIBA very clearly: If the cameras are erased, if there is a breakdown, if there are two minutes left... We will look at the cameras one by one and make a decision accordingly," Onan said.
"If this is not done urgently, forgive us, but we value our players very much. We will not allow them to do even the slightest damage to them. We would withdraw from the tournament," insisted the vice president.
Onan blamed FIBA for the incident, adding that TBF has contested the match for breaking the rules and is even considering demanding a replay.