Chaos in Croatia: Zadar fans hit their own coach, arena gets emptied

2023-03-24 21:37

Unhappy with the removal of one of their fellow fans, Zadar supporters started protesting and throwing stuff onto the court with one of them hitting their own coach Danijel Jusup. The entire Dvorana Krešimir Ćosić had to be emptied.

Credit: Zadar/Zvonko Kucelin
Credit Zadar/Zvonko Kucelin

While European basketball eyes were centered around five EuroLeague games on Friday, an ABA League matchup between Zadar and Igokea m:tel was happening where an unusual incident among the home team's fans startled the viewers.

With the score standing at 31:33 with just under three minutes remaining in the second quarter, the relationship between the referees and Zadar fans started deteriorating.

First, the officials asked to remove a younger fan from the stand for inappropriate chants, Antena Zadar reports. After initially refusing, he left the Dvorana Krešimir Ćosić with the assistance of security guards.

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The episode angered the remaining fans, leading to protests and chants from the stands. At the same time, people started throwing stuff on the court. In a heartbreaking episode, one of the things hit their own Zadar coach Danijel Jusup.

Following the incident, the referees asked for the entire venue to be emptied. The fan removal took approximately half an hour, and the game resumed.

Zadar ended up losing the game by just a single point - 67:68. The game took 2.5 hours to complete.


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