It was good to see a lot of people reacting to this clip five days ago. It did however bring something to the surface: a lot of people want to use principles of advantage/disadvantage when calling for U-fouls.
When reading the rules around advantage/disadvantage there’s very clearly stated:
‘Consistency in application of the concept of ‘advantage/disadvantage’. The officials should not seek to interrupt the flow of the game unnecessarily in order to penalise incidental personal contact which does not give the player responsible an advantage nor place his opponent at a disadvantage.’
That means that fouls that are not incidental (U-fouls are not incidental) are never to be ignored because of advantage/disadvantage.
On top of that in the document issued by FIBA around Unsportsmanlike fouls, the grabbing of a uniform is specifically stated as a U-foul. Check example 37.1.2 to see what we mean.
Hence: Alltho it’s not a major pull in this case, we can not ignore that Spead Balance Quickness and Rythm of the action are hampered by the shirtpulling. The shirtgrabbing should not be ignored. There’s no place in basketball for defense like that.