Sertac Sanli FC Barcelona
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FC Barcelona didn’t let Sertac Sanli join Turkey for the game vs Great Britain and the Turkish Basketball Federation didn’t like that decision.

Sanli couldn’t join Turkey for the opener of the 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup Qualifiers on Thursday. Due to the conflict schedule between EuroLeague and FIBA games, the Turkish big man played for the Catalans vs Zalgiris Kaunas.

However, he could join the national team for the home game vs Great Britain on Sunday. Yet, FC Barcelona didn’t give him permission to travel.

“Sertac Sanlı, who plays for FC Barcelona of the Spanish Basketball League, will not be able to play in our national team’s match with Great Britain due to the club’s refusal.

The Turkish Basketball Federation has conveyed its discomfort regarding the issue to FIBA and has taken the necessary steps,” the Federation said in a statement.

Following the loss to Belarus in the opener of the Qualifiers, the clash with Great Britain is a must-win game for the Turks.