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FIBA investigating Australia over World Cup loss

Australia are being investigated over suspicions they deliberately lost to Angola at the FIBA Basketball World Cup.

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With third place in Group D suiting Australia, they suffered a 91-83 loss to Angola to set up a round-of-16 clash against Turkey " potentially avoiding the United States until the semi-finals.

Joe Ingles and Aron Baynes were rested for Thursday's clash, while Australia were knocked out of the tournament after a one-point loss to Turkey on Sunday.

Goran Dragic, the Slovenia star whose team face the USA on Tuesday, called for FIBA to investigate Australia's "fixing".

In a statement on Monday, FIBA confirmed it was considering disciplinary sanctions.

"FIBA has announced it is opening disciplinary proceedings against Australia following the manner in which the team lost its last Group D game against Angola, 91-83, in Gran Canaria last Thursday," the statement read.

"The on-court behaviour displayed by Australia in that game generated huge disappointment by basketball fans and experts.

"It is widely suspected that Australia lost that game in order to avoid having to face the reigning world champions USA until the semi-finals.

"Basketball Australia has an opportunity to state its case before FIBA decides whether and to what extent disciplinary sanctions shall be imposed."

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