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What should be the punishment?

By Aris Barkas/ barkas@eurohoops.net

Last year, Rudy Fernandez became the poster child for unsportsmanlike behavior in Euroleague after his infamous incident against Paulius Jankunas. Real Madrid’s star was punished with a 3.500 euros fine and ended up being attacked outside the gym of Zalgiris.

After Thursday’s brawl (video) in Piraeus the question once more remains the same. Should Euroleague be less tolerant to such kind of behavior? Both Olympiacos and Galatasaray are hoping for a fine – in the hosts’ case that has to do also with the interruption of the game – however compared to Rudy’s incident this was much worse.

According to Euroleague’s bylaws even for a “minor infringements” which can be “the use of violent means or procedures during a playing action that are an affront to the physical well-being of a player”, the penalty can be not just a fine, but the “temporary disqualification from the competition for a period of up to one year or for up to five games in the same season”. So, should the league make a stance at this point, considering the fact that in the past even incidents like the notorious kick of Batiste on Ozbolt went unpunished? We think the answer should be yes, but we also want your opinion.

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  1. FJB Friday - 29 / 11 / 2013 Reply
    You have another view here (where responsibilities are clearer): http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x17rtd4_bagarre-en-euroligue-entre-pops-mensah-bonsu-galatasaray-et-mirza-begic-olympiakos_sport?start=2 PMB starts by giving a discreet soft punch (1 blow) to overtake Begic under the board, then Begic answers kinda elbowing him in the neck (1 blow), then PMB gives him a clear punch in the face (2), Begic answers again (2), then PMB runs, tries and gives another (3), Begic tries to answer (3), before PMB eventually punches twice the air... I'd say tied game btw PMB & Begic and would ban them one gameday + fine 10 000€. Honestly, I can't explain why Printezis was ejected, he was a bit virulent but seemingly gave no blow...
  2. selcuk Friday - 29 / 11 / 2013 Reply
    There must be no tolerance to this kind of events, and should be given long match-ban for players, Pops apoligized euroleague, fans,team,...but not from Begic, so he s not regretful for this brawl, and this kind events can provoke fans as last night !! we want to watch basketball,not a boxing game ,
    • Octubre Friday - 29 / 11 / 2013 Reply
      I agree with you. It is good that both players have now apologized but ... that does not change what happened. The league has to do everything in its power to stop these incidents and suspension is the best way to deter bad behavior.
  3. Orfan Friday - 29 / 11 / 2013 Reply
    What about the behavior of Olympiakos as a team after the incident? The behavior of the players, the fans and the guy with the microphone? I am Greek and Turks years now behave in a perfect way when Panathinaikos or Olympiakos visit Turkey. And yesterday what? Fans throwing bottles at Mensa-Bonsu, singing songs against Turkish people? Mensa-Bonsu did not leave the court from the main entrance but from the back door because of the danger that fans would hit him. The guy who was talking on the micro in order to calm down the fans was making fun Galatasaray players! All these are ridiculous incidents... About the punishment of the players now. 1 day punishment is ok i think...
    • Thrileon Friday - 29 / 11 / 2013 Reply
      Yes and let's punish the cheerleaders too because they are too sexy and the owners of Olympiacos because they have big eyes. At least don't pretend that you posted this for the good of the game you are a PAO fan and you just want Olympiacos to be punished. Typical Greek fan that would write anything against their opponent .
      • Orfan Saturday - 30 / 11 / 2013 Reply
        Man i never said something opposite. Of course i am Greek and fan of PAO but that does not mean that i cannot be objective. I am pissed off with the guy talking with the microphone in OAKA too and behaviors of green fans in the past too but this time it's Olympiakos turn. I don't like the behavior of Greek fans in general...
  4. Bogun13 Friday - 29 / 11 / 2013 Reply
    One match for Begic and Pops, since there are just three rounds left and I don't want to mess with the group standings too much. Besides, it was "heat of the moment" stuff. None of players involved is known for such offenses (as far as I am informed), Pops apologized etc.
  5. Octubre Friday - 29 / 11 / 2013 Reply
    It's simple. Euroleague has to change its policy and start suspending players or unsportsmanlike behavior will increase in frequency and severity. Fan behavior is something that needs to be addressed as well. Clean it up now before you have an incident where fans run onto the court or players rush into the stands.
  6. Takis7 Friday - 29 / 11 / 2013 Reply
    Euroleague should take a stance before the season. Now it's too late. Every one knows the punishment for such incidents is a fine.
  7. Sergio Friday - 29 / 11 / 2013 Reply
    I am Madrid fan and Rudy did nothing compared to this. The punishment should be more big
    • minas Friday - 29 / 11 / 2013 Reply
      sergio i had to remind you the last euroleaque finals........
    • judit Wednesday - 04 / 12 / 2013 Reply
      What happened between Begic and Mensah-Bonsu and Printezis was pathetic and I agree much much worse. But with Rudy you know he's always gonna have an unsportsmanlike behaviour when his team is losing and it's quite sad having the talent he has. I can't like a player whose attitude is like that.

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