FIBA: Serbia’s coach takes issue with Lee’s hard foul
Paul Lintag on Sep 03, 2019 05:24 AM
“I don’t want my players to be hurt, that’s why I was so worried. You have to stop that, you have to play fair and square.” — Serbia coach Sasha Djordjevic. (FIBA)
The Philippines-Serbia game came and went as expected pretty much, with the Serbians taking an emphatic 59-point win to move on to the next round of the 2019 FIBA World Cup.
The fourth-ranked Serbians liked their approach to the game and treated the Philippine national team with respect by playing at their best.
However, there was one thing Serbia coach Sasha Djordjevic didn’t like and that was Paul Lee’s hard foul on Marko Guduric in the second half.
Lee bumped Guduric in front of Djordjevic pretty much and was later called for an unsportsmanlike foul after review.
“I don’t like dirty plays, I don’t like when you seem to have intention to hurt,” Djordjevic said.
“I don’t want my players to be hurt, that’s why I was so worried. You have to stop that, you have to play fair and square.
“Play physically but tough and fair. That’s what I ask from my players and that’s what I ask from opponents, this is not the way to treat your opponent,” Coach Sasha added.
Moving on from the Philippines, Serbia turns its attention to Italy to end round 1.
“They got some big names back and they’re extremely experienced. We just have to give our best in order to get the win,” Djordjevic said.
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