Davis Bertans: “The referees are not of high level”

2017-09-12T22:54:18+00:00 2017-09-13T18:08:32+00:00.

Aris Barkas

12/Sep/17 22:54


After the end of the close game against Slovenia, Latvian Davis Bertans was asked to comment the referees and he explained an awkward situation.

Reporting from Istanbul: Nikos Varlas/ varlas@eurohoops.net

The top European referees who are calling games for the EuroLeague have been excluded from this tournament. The result is that referees from other continents are used and the calls made are different from the usual European criteria.

As Bertans explained: “We know that FIBA doesn’t use the EuroLeague referees in this tournament. That has created a big issue. Those who call the games are not of high level. And with the game on the line, things are hard.A couple of calls may go this way or that way. I know that it’s not on purpose. It’s even harder for the referees than the players in this championship”.

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