Euroleague Basketball and its clubs, players and coaches throughout the continent join the world family of sports this weekend in mourning the death of a visiting fan to Istanbul on Friday and in condemning the senseless violence that took his life.
The 25-year-old stabbing victim, Marko Ivkovic, had travelled from Belgrade to support Crvena Zvezda Telekom in its road game against Galatasaray Liv Hospital Istanbul. The incident, which took place before his arrival to the arena, is under investigation of the Turkish authorities.
Euroleague Basketball has requested that both clubs and the Turkish authorities investigating the crime make available all the information about the incident and will evaluate any measures to be taken.
Through his club and Serbian authorities, Euroleague Basketball has expressed its deepest condolences to the victim's family.
"This tragedy offends the true spirit of sports," Jordi Bertomeu, President and CEO of Euroleague Basketball, said in a statement. "Violence has no place in our game, at our arenas or anywhere near them. It's just the opposite. Respect between rivals dedicated to the same ideals should bring us all together. That is why we organize and play sports. Today, we must all refocus on those ideals."