Madrid will play the season without Pablo Laso

Pablo Laso has been sanctioned by the Euroleague after his expulsion against Anadolu Efes. Madrid will play the season on Friday against Olympiacos.


Real Madrid coach Pablo Laso has been sanctioned by the Euroleague with a game for his expulsion against Anadolu Efes on the 32nd matchday of the top continental competition. The European sports body has penalized the Vitorian with a match, who will not be able to be with his team in the duel against Olympiacos this Friday, in which the white team is obliged to win if they want to qualify for the quarterfinals of the Euroleague , something he has done uninterruptedly in recent years. The last time that Madrid failed to make it past the group stage was in 2011-12, the first time for Laso as head of the capital team.

Pablo Laso was the unexpected protagonist of Real Madrid - Efes when the referees sent him off at the end of the third quarter for a double technique. The Vitorian coach left the court very angry, without stopping to direct his complaints to the referees: "All year the same. Don't worry, I'm leaving," Laso snapped at the referee. At the end of the game, Madrid finished with an adverse result of 83-108, in what has been the biggest beating they have received in their history, in the Euroleague, at home.

This has been the letter of the Euroleague in which the sanction is announced: "Mr. Pablo Laso, Real Madrid coach, has been sanctioned with a temporary disqualification from a match for actions that represent a lack of respect towards the referee team during the match against Anadolu Efes according to article 27.2.b) of the Euroleague Disciplinary Code ", the competition announced in its resolution.The sequence by which the Vitorian was expelled was a series of fouls called against the whites within 10 seconds, the last 10 of that period. First they whistled a technique to Rudy Fernández for moving the ball after scoring a basket (he passed it to the referee who was on the baseline) and then they pointed another to Trey Thompkins in the last attack of Efes, in a triple by Shane Larkin that the American power forward defended close. The referees interpreted that Thompkins was getting into Larkin's zone when he fell to the ground, although in the repetition it is not clear which of the two, if the attacker or the defender, is the one that makes this maneuver.

All this made the white coach completely lose his nerves, which earned him the first technique. As he did not stop protesting at any time, they finally pointed the second to him and he had to head to the changing room tunnel, something he did while still protesting angrily. At that time, Real Madrid had managed to overcome a deficit of more than 10 points to reduce it to 5. And now, life is at stake without its coach this Friday, against Olympiacos.

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