Serbia center released after basketball brawl
Published: August 21, 2010 | Source: Blic.rs, Pressonline.rs, Mondo.rs, Belgradenet.com | Share / Bookmark
Serbian basketball player Nenad Krstic was released Friday after being held in police custody overnight following a chaotic brawl during a match with Greece.
The fight broke out during the last game of the Acropolis tournament, which was abandoned with 2:40 remaining and Greece leading by one point. The incident occurred just a week before the basketball world championship in Turkey, where both teams will play.
"This shouldn’t have happened," said Serbian coach Dusan Ivkovic, who is due to take over Greek club Olympiakos next season. "Relations with the Greeks are now very bad."
The fight began when Greece forward Antonis Fotsis moved threateningly against Serbia guard Milos Teodosic, who had fouled him. Krstic grabbed Fotsis by the throat and threw a chair toward Sofoklis Schortsanitis, who was pursuing him. The chair hit Yannis Bouroussis, who had not played because of a hand injury, and left him with a bloody wound on the side of his head. The teams were finally separated after they had carried the fray off the court.
Krstic returned to his hotel after being released and was due to leave Athens for Belgrade later on Friday. The rest of the Serbia team returned earlier.
"I don’t know the rules, but I hope I won’t be punished," Krstic told Serbian media. "An (act of) stupidity was committed, and I hope they will not punish us. The Greeks started the brawl, there were no guards and the (Greek) fans entered the court."
Serbia and Greece are scheduled to play in the basketball world championships beginning August 28 in Turkey, although they are in separate groups for the preliminary round.