FIBA Europe Opposes Violence In Basketball

31 March 2012

FIBA Europe Executive Committee

FIBA Europe Secretary General Nar Zanolin at the Techno Centre grand opening
FIBA Europe Secretary General Nar Zanolin and the Executive Committee left no room for violence in basketball

The FIBA Europe Executive Committee has issued a statement, reacting to the incidents around the game between Galatasaray and Fenerbahce at the EuroLeague Women Final Eight.

In a meeting on Saturday morning, the committee discussed the events that took place on Thursday evening.

The violent incidents between supporters of both clubs and security forces have shocked the basketball community all over Europe.

The Executive Committee stressed that there is no tolerance towards violence in FIBA Europe competitions and basketball in general.

"We are very sad about those incidents and want to make clear that people who act like this are under no circumstances welcome in the world of basketball." Said FIBA Europe President Olafur Rafnsson.

"This is not supporting your team, this is violence for the sake of violence." he added.

FIBA Europe Secretary Nar Zanolin found similar words:

"We cannot accept what happened on Thursday night.

"Basketball and especially women's basketball are peaceful events and we cannot allow criminals to destroy this.

"We have seen tremendous fairness on the court during the EuroLeague Women Final Eight and we would like to see the same outside the court." Mr. Zanolin concluded.


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