Politics Invades Euro Hoops

What happens when you spice the European basketball championships with some Baltic hostilities?

First the Lithuanians threatened to walk off the court for good with two minutes to play because of suspicions about the refereeing, then the third-place Croats did walk off the medal stand and out of the arena just before their former countrymen, the Yugoslavs, were about to receive their gold medals.

As the flags rose and a small marching band attempted to play the Yugoslav national anthem, the rambunctious Greek crowd booed the winners, as they had booed them for much of the game. The boos drowned out the anthem, just as politics ended up drowning out the basketball.

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