The referees helped a lot Slovenia against France

After the game, Vincent Collet, the French national team expressed his feelings about the way that the referees influenced the final result. He is right and the referees gave the victory to Slovenia in an embarrassing way.

First of all, they allowed 2 types of defense: one for France and another one for Slovenia. While Evan Fournier and Rudy Gobert were suffocated by uncalled fouls, on the other side the refs called as foul any small touch on Luka Doncic & Co.

Then, there were many moments when the refs were clearly advantaged in Slovenia. I understand the story with Luka, the teenager, the Golden Boy etc. but refs, I have good news for you: Luka is not a teenager anymore. He is a basketball player and as a brave man, he doesn’t need the protection of 3 guys dressed in black. So, refs just whistle the game as it is, not another game that is happening in your imagination.

Let’s see some moments:

Ziga Dimec took Rudy Gobert out from the paint with a horrible moving screen making space for the lay-up of Luka Doncic, and the referees didn’t call that foul, allowing Luka to score! This way is very easy to play basketball!

Then Gobert made a rebound and he was clearly fouled at the moment of passing the ball. The refs “didn’t see” that could, but they called quickly a technical foul on Gobert for protesting.

Vincent Poirier landed with the ball in his hands on Luka’s body. He simply made a rebound and because he was surrounded by Slovenian players he couldn’t land in another place. Meeting Luka’s body who was actually in Poirier’s cylinder, Luka got hurt. And what? This could happen a million times in basketball. The referees called that an unsportsmanlike foul. Absolutely embarrassing! It was not even a normal foul, it was an accident. I thought the refs know that not only contact is foul in basketball. But I think that they try to introduce here a new rule in the basketball game: Luka’s rule!

Image credit: FIBA Eurobasket

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