In a match that pitted Iran vs. Jordan on the sixth day of the Jones Cup, a brawl broke out between Iranian center Hamed Haddadi and Jordanian Zaid Abbas, both are basketball stars of their respective countries.
Just three minutes into the game, the two players get tangled up underneath going for a rebound and it quickly escalates from there (discuss Iran vs. Jordan brawl). Check out the video below:
Looks like Abbas tried to go after the rebound aggressively with a basketball play and Haddadi intentionally brings down his elbows onto Abbas.
Abbas retaliates with a quick elbow to Haddadi’s chest. Abbas walks away but only gets three steps out when Haddadi pushes Abbas with both hands from behind and from there… mayhem.
We see Jordanian guard Osama Daghles run onto the court and punch Haddadai as well as Nikkah Bahrami being kicked in the stomach and groin area.
After order was restored, the referees decided that both Haddadi and Abbas were to receive technical fouls, but neither player would be ejected.
This infuriated Jordan’s coach, Mario Palma; he protested the decision. If Haddadi remained in the game, his team would not continue. The ruling stood and Palma ordered his team off the court boycotting the remainder of the game.
With the forfeit, the official score was Iran 20, Jordan 0.
Remember Jordan have won the last two Jones Cup Tournaments (2007 and 2008), so it is a big deal for them to forfeit the game… stay tuned to see what happens at this “friendly” tournament.
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