VIDEO: Bench-Clearing Brawl Erupts at Greece vs. Serbia Basketball Game

by 9 years ago

Greece and Serbia have traditionally enjoyed a brotherly diplomatic relationship. On Wednesday night, however, the former Byzantine nations came to blows on the hardwood in Athens during an Acropolis Cup basketball game. The bench-clearing brawl occurred in the final minutes of the game with Greece leading 74-73. According to the SF Examiner, Serbia's Nenad Krstic, who played center for the NBA's Oklahoma City Thunder last season, was arrested for assault after grabbing Greece forward Antonis Fotsis by the neck. He also ripped a page straight from Bobby Knight's temper-tantrum playbook and threw a chair at Sofoklis Schortsanitis. It missed his intended target and ended up wounding Yannis Bouroussis, who left the fight bleeding from the head. According to the AP, the scuffle continued after players moved off the court: “The players exited toward the locker rooms and fought in the tunnel leading from the arena before eventually being separated. The fighting happened about six minutes after Serb coach Dusan Ivkovic was ejected with two technical fouls for arguing heatedly with a referee.” The Telegraph reports Krstic has been released from police custody. The game was abandoned with 2:40 left on the clock. Watch the video of the fight after the jump.