ANDhe Last Basketball Classic disputed by Barcelona and Real Madrid at the Palau it was marked by controversy and refereeing decisions that ended up being key to the result. It all started in the last quarter with the brawl between Nikola Mirotic and Alberto Abalde which ended with the expulsion of both players. It was the prelude to what was to come.
With Real Madrid ahead on the scoreboard 88-89 and with just 0.8 seconds left, the referee trio conceded two free throws to the azulgrana team after understanding how missing an action by Vincent Poirier on Sanli in the fight for a rebound.
Hayes missed the triple with which Jasikevicius’s team would have gone ahead. The ball fell into the hands of Yabusele, but the referees decreed that two meters from where the Frenchman was his compatriot Poirier had committed a foul in the fight to gain the position with Sertac Sanli. An action that the referees saw very clearly, despite the surprise and subsequent indignation of Real Madrid, which exploded on social networks after seeing how the Turk sent the match to extra time after scoring one of the two free throws.
The first to talk about the action was Paul Laso in press room. The coach from Vitoria did not want to delve much into the referee’s decision, but he did say that in his interpretation of the play it seemed to him that the Turkish player was missing: “They have shown me a screenshot of an image. I cannot say much. In the screenshot it seems to me that it is missing of Sanli”.
They have shown me a screenshot of an image. I can’t say much. In the screenshot it seems to me that Sanli is missing
The protagonist of the play, Vincent Poirier, waited a while before going to social networks to give his vision of what happened, but he could not hide his anger, although he preferred to keep the image offered by his team: “I have seen a team tonight and it is enough for me. We have fought and I am proud”.
Your partner in painting Eddy Tavares He also referred to what happened in the Palau and in that last play, although he preferred to keep the image offered by his teammates: “We have controlled what has been in our hands. Very proud of everything we’ve done.”
More forceful was a former Real Madrid player like Chapu Nocioni. The Argentine did not hold his tongue at first and questioned the arbitration criteria: “How can the referees influence in that way! It is a hot and normal match fight of a classic. I got hot!”.