The scandal happened in the EuroBasket 2022 match, in which Lithuania lost to Germany in the second overtime with a score of 107:109.
After the game, Lithuania filed a protest against the refereeing. The fact is that the referees of the match did not appoint a free throw, which could decide the outcome of the game.
In the game in Cologne between Lithuania and Germany, the chief referee and table officials, together with the match inspector, missed a free throw that could have decided the outcome of the game.
At the end of the third quarter, with just over a minute left, German head coach Gordon Herbert received a technical foul, but no Lithuanian player was allowed to take a free throw for it.
Shortly before the technical foul, Jonas Valanciunas received a foul from Maodo Lo. According to FIBA rules, a free throw for a technical foul had to be taken up to two shots for a regular foul.
However, only two free throws were made for a regular foul. Valanciunas missed both, and the Germans got the ball. First, three inaccurate free throws were recorded in the official protocol of the game. Later, the allegedly missed free kick for a technical foul was removed from the protocol.
Lithuanian striker Mindaugas Kuzminskas said after the game: “Their coach or the opponent’s bench got a technical foul. We didn’t take that throw. After our coaches started protesting, the commissar just sat all red and did nothing.”