The player, who has spent five seasons in the NBA in Philadelphia, was fouled by Duda Sanadz less than five minutes before the end of regular time with the score 62:59 for Georgia. After a while, the two actors engaged in a hectic exchange of views. They had to be torn apart by teammates and referees, who then sent the desperate ones to the dressing room prematurely.
But that was only the beginning of the conflict. According to the statement of the Turkish expedition, the rest took place in the tunnel to the cabins.
“While Furkan Korkmaz was walking down the corridor to the dressing room with our coach, he was attacked by Georgia players who were not on the roster (including Tornike Šengelija), along with the suspended player (Sanadz) and the police,” announced the vice-president of the Turkish Federation, Ömer Onan.
At the end of extra time, the coach of Turkey, Ergin Ataman, who complained temperamentally about the verdicts of the judges, was also expelled for the decided situation.
“At the end of the match, we were threatened by thirty policemen. Yes, we got into a fight with the official Georgian police. I called FIBA and told its representatives as well. Let no one lie and think that we are stupid. We want to see the camera records from the corridor minute by minute, without missing a thing. If we don’t get those shots, we will withdraw from the tournament,” said the vice president of Turkish basketball dramatically.
Assistant coach Hakan Demir, who attended the press conference in place of the suspended Ataman, subsequently added:
“Today the Georgian players and some members of the security in the hall disgraced us. We came here to play basketball. So everything should stay on the court, but unfortunately there was a big scandal outside it. We have two more games in Georgia (with Belgium and Spain) and unfortunately what happened in the corridors of the arena today was against the spirit of sport. We are very concerned about the security situation we experienced today.”
During the fight on the pitch, the timer was started 4:48 minutes before the end and stopped only at 4:26. But the trio of judges Glišič (Serbia), Salinš (Latvia), Zaščuk (Ukraine) left the ‘lost’ 22 seconds unnoticed.
“The fact that it is not just 1 or 2 seconds, but 22 (!) leads us to believe that this is not a mistake. We will also monitor it. We came to Georgia thinking that we will be in a sister country. And we cannot come to terms with what happened next,” Demir protested.