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Greece's government condemns basketball team's walkout

1 year 8 months 1 week ago Thursday, February 14 2019 Feb 14, 2019 February 14, 2019 6:43 AM February 14, 2019 in Sports - AP - National

ATHENS, Greece (AP) - Greece's government has condemned a walkout by the basketball club Olympiakos during a Greek Cup semifinal game against rival Panathinaikos following complaints over the refereeing.

Olympiakos forfeited the game at Olympic Stadium in Athens on Wednesday, leaving at halftime and trailing 40-25. A spokesman for the team said he was "disgusted" with the quality of the refereeing.

The action handed Panathinaikos and American coach Rick Pitino a place in Sunday's cup final against PAOK in Crete.

Giorgos Vassiliadis, the deputy minister for sport, described the game as a "blow to the sport" but said he could not interfere with the referee selection process.

Pitino tweeted after the incident, "Well, in 42 years of coaching, I thought I had seen it all."

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