The Euroleague passes sentence: Yabusele, five games

The Disciplinary Judge of the Euroleague has made a decision about the fight yesterday at the WiZink Center between the Real Madrid squads and Partizan Belgrade. The one that has come out worse offas expected, is Guerschon Yabusele, although the sanction will not be so harsh as it had been said. The French will not be able to play for the next five games of competitions organized by the ECA (Euroleague and Eurocup), which in practice prevents him from participating again in the remainder of the continental season. Madrid, in case of reaching the Euroleague final, would have to play five games, just the sanction that Yabusele has received.

The other sanctioned players are Kevin Punter (two matches), Mathias Lessort (one match) and Gabriel Deck (one match). Besides, both clubs will have to pay an economic fine of 50,000 euros. The Euroleague also clarifies that the decisions “are final, due to the nature of the exceptional procedure” as they do not occur during the regular season. In other words, there is no time to resolve a possible appeal. Therefore, next Tuesday (20:30) at the Stark Arena in Belgrade the four sanctioned will be missingTwo for each team in addition to Dante Exum, with the rupture of a tendon in a toe caused by Yabusele himself in the most denounceable action within the chaos and general shame that was seen on the track of the Palacio de los Deportes in Madrid.

During yesterday, with the most relaxed pulsations, some of the white protagonists in the brawl sang the mea culpa through social networks. Sergio Llull was the trigger for the fight with the unsportsmanlike behavior on the verge of aggression against Kevin Punter, although the Menorcan was one of the few players who did not finish the game disqualified. “What happened last night should never happen on a basketball court. I take responsibility for making that harsh foul that triggered the subsequent disaster. My apologies to all basketball fans.”wrote the base. Also Deckone of those sanctioned by the Euroleague, expressed himself in the same direction: “I regret what happened in yesterday’s game, it is something that should not happen again. My apologies to my club, the members of Partizan and fans of both teams.”.

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The fight took place when the match had 1:40 left to finish and with Partizan 15 up on the scoreboard (80-95). The game never got to resume. But, Why did the referees make the decision to suspend the match? The referees expelled the players who actively participated in the fight and those who jumped off the bench and entered the tracksince the coach and the main assistant are allowed to come off the bench. In total there were 21 disqualified. According to the Euroleague statement, the referee’s decision to put an end to the duel was that there was not the minimum number of players available to finish the match normally: “When the disqualifications were applied (…) neither team had the required minimum of two players each to finish the game.”.

Now there are just over three days ahead of us waiting for a match that will be very uncomfortable for everyone: players, coaches, clubs and the competition itself. A third game of a tie that should be sentenced (no team has come back from 2-0 in the Euroleague) but that is entering a new phase. For the absences and for the memory of what happened on Thursday in Madrid.

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