Australian basketball star Andrew Bogut is facing the wrath of basketball’s governing body FIBA after Australia’s exit from the World Cup semi-finals in Beijing, China.
There are video footage showing Andrew Bogut being booed by tensed Chinese fans throughout the tournament, swearing too many times as he trudged off court after Friday’s painful lose to Spain.
The outspoken Australian Bogut riled the hosts with a tweet about Chinese champion swimmer Sun Yang in July, suggesting that the basketball’s authorities, FIBA and its referees favoured the Spanish team during the game.
The Spain squad won an amazing semi-final 95-88 after double overtime and is set to play Argentina who defeated France, in Sunday’s final.
Should Bogut play for Australia, then he will have to face the wrath of the Beijing arena when they will play France for the bronze medal. The footage of Bogut swearing and making repeated accusations against FIBA and referees was widely featured in Chinese media. Most of the media reports called for FIBA to ban him.
“There’s a lot of the guys in the locker room who gave their hearts and souls tonight. We definitely left it all out on the court.” Nick Kay said.
We expect Australia to quickly jump out of the shocking disappointment as they heads to their first World Cup medal, albeit of the bronze variety against France.
“There’s still a chance to win our first medal and it’s going to be great to see how the group responds to a little bit of adversity. We have a lot of guys who have been through this a lot.
“We are going to come out for this next game and fight and do everything we can to make sure we come home with that medal,” Kay said.