By Eurohoops team / firstname.lastname@example.org
A game in the Russian Second Division this past weekend between Arsenal Tula and Stavropol Dynamo resulted in the expel of the first from the league with charges of illegal betting, as reported by sports.ru.
The game ended with an 82-65 victory for Arsenal Tula, but the noteworthy part is that none of the teams scored for nearly 7 minutes. Deliberately so.
As mentioned on sports.ru, Arsenal scored the last points 6:57 before the final buzzer (the score was 82-56). And in the end, both teams tried not to score on their opponent’s basket. Over the last seven minutes, Arsenal players made 5 inaccurate shots, while Dynamo players only attempted one that they managed to miss out from under the basket.
The following video shows exactly what happened in the last minutes of the game, including a ridiculous execution of free throws and many more suspicious plays:
The Executive Committee of the Russian Basketball Federation reacted immediately to this result. On Monday, they announced that Tula Arsenal is expelled from the second division of the Super League. Notably, according to the report, the team has violated the fair play again in the past, during the 2017-18 season.