Basketball: Australia investigated over World Cup loss to Angola

Mon Sep 8, 2014 11:55am EDT
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(Reuters) - Basketball's governing body FIBA has opened disciplinary proceedings against Australia over allegations they lost a World Cup game against Angola in order to delay an encounter with the USA.

Australia were beaten 91-83 by Angola in the group stage of the World Cup in Spain last Thursday. The result ensured Australia finished third instead of second in their preliminary pool.

"The on-court behavior displayed by Australia in that game (against Angola) generated huge disappointment by basketball fans and experts," FIBA said on its official website (

"It is widely suspected that Australia lost the game in order to avoid having to face reigning world champions USA until the semi-finals."

The statement added: "Basketball Australia has an opportunity to state its case before FIBA decides whether and to what extent disciplinary sanctions shall be imposed."

Australia were eliminated in a 65-64 defeat by Turkey in the first knockout round on Sunday.

The World Cup final takes place on Sept. 14.

(Writing by Zoran Milosavljevic in Belgrade, editing by Stephen Wood)