During the Commonwealth Games women’s basketball final on Saturday night, Opals star Liz Cambage was ejected from the court three minutes into the second quarter.
Cambage appeared to be fouled multiple times by England’s Azania Stewart, and when Stewart reached across her as she was headed for the hoop, Cambage was awarded two free throws. She appeared to question, however, why it had taken so long for the referee to call the fouls.
Just as she was due to take her free throws, Cambage had an exchange with the referee, and was hit with a technical foul and had to leave the court.
Seven’s commentators seemed confused as to what had transpired.
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“There’s a tense conversation between Liz Cambage and the referee…” said commentator John Casey.
“This is really interesting, I am not sure if Liz is watching, I think she might think that the ball was ripped. Wait, a technical foul has been called on Liz Cambage.
“I can only assume it’s because she was speaking to the referees.”
As the crowd realised Cambage had been ejected, they started to boo.
“Oh my god. This is really unusual. I don’t think I have ever seen anything like that,” said another commentator.
“I am just confused, Australia will still get foul shots. They will not lose possession.
“It’s a tech foul and an unsportsmanlike foul so it seriously means she’s ejected from the game.”
Looks like ref said Liz Cambage was ejected from the gold medal match for saying, “You’re f***ing kidding”.
— Ben D’Arcy (@ben_darcy) April 14, 2018
This is absolutely pathetic from the refs. Cambage is clearly getting mugged down low and they inserted themselves into the game. No one is there to watch you ref. https://t.co/9RAkrsZQBw
— Mark Gottlieb (@MarkGottliebFOX) April 14, 2018
— Lauren Henry (@laurenhenry26) April 14, 2018
Cambage had earlier received an unsportsmanlike foul when she struck Azania Stewart with an elbow to the head, which is why she was automatically rejected.
Australia quickly recovered, ultimately winning gold with a 99-55 victory over England.