This weekend, violence was the protagonist in Argentine basketball with two regrettable episodes, separated by just hours, in which two players lost their temper against the referees of their respective matches, and one of them took international significance from the hand of a megastar of the NBA.
The first of them was in Santa Fe, in one of the semifinals of the Reconquista Associative Tournament between Adelante and Centro Recreativo Calchaquí. During the second quarter, Renzo mustazza he hit an element against the substitute bench and the referee Raúl Olivero sanctioned him with a technical foul. Before, he had crashed a ball against the windows of the stadium.
While the Adelante players complained about the behavior of their rival, Mustazza ran out taken out and hit the referee in the face, knocking him to the ground with the blow. The player will be sanctioned, the referee denounced him criminally and civilly and, in addition, it is a fact that Adelante will go to the final.
A day later, in Saavedra during the match between Platense and Gimnasia de Chivilcoy, for the Buenos Aires Provincial Tournament, Jose Luis Pappalardi, del Lobo, tried to attack referee Andrés Álvarez after taking him out of the game for two unsportsmanlike actions. The referee ran off to the locker room, jumping a fence, and was saved from being hit. Pappalardi will receive a harsh sanction.
This last action reached the NBA. Is that the mythical Shaquille O’Neal, winner of four rings in the best league in the world, shared what happened on his Instagram stories, making the sad images lived in Saavedra travel the planet.
The former Orlando Magic and Los Angeles Lakers player, among others, is a very active character on social networks and lives sharing viral publications related not only to basketball, but to all kinds of sports, and this time he uploaded two stories with the video of Pappalardi uncontrollably chasing Álvarez.
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The Argentine basketball scandal that impressed an NBA megastar