The vertiginous trajectory of San Pablo Burgos in Spanish basketball suffered a painful dry stop on Saturday after its descent to the LEB Oro was completed, a fiasco that buried five years of success and that was accompanied by a strong controversy caused by its president, Félix Sancho.
The debacle was signed at the Burgos Coliseum, where San Pablo lost on the last day of the regular phase against Urbas Fuenlabrada (66-83), one of their direct rivals for permanence. The defeat marked the end of a horrible season -two wins in the last ten games- that led to an unappealable relegation to the silver category of the double champion of the FIBA Champions, who in the two previous years had entered the ' playoffs' for the title.
Despite everything, Sancho admits that he would think a lot about repeating a similar gesture: «Seeing what I have seen, I would not do it again, and if I have to apologize I do so willingly, although no one has made my gesture ugly. In that heated moment, I couldn't think of another way to apologize to the fans."
Sancho's attitude has been reprimanded from many sectors, starting with the Association of Professional Basketball Players, chaired by Alfonso Reyes: «The players have been professionals, but sport is not an exact science. Attempts to point out lack of attitude is an excuse to mask dispatch problems.