FIBA released its ruling with regard to the brawl between Gilas Pilipinas and Australia's Boomers. - PH Trending

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Thursday 19 July 2018

FIBA released its ruling with regard to the brawl between Gilas Pilipinas and Australia's Boomers.

World governing basketball body FIBA on Thursday released its ruling with regard to the brawl between Gilas Pilipinas and Australia's Boomers during their game in the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers on July 2 at the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan.


Calvin Abueva received the heftiest sanction among the players as he was slapped with a six-game suspension.

The other players who received suspensions were:
  1. RR Pogoy, Carl Bryan Cruz and Jio Jalalon (five games)
  2. naturalized Filipino Andray Blatche, Jayson Castro, Terrence Romeo, and Troy Rosario (three games)
  3. Japeth Aguilar and Matthew Wright (one game). 
  4. Escaped suspension: Gabe Norwood, June Mar Fajardo, and Baser Amer.

FIBA also suspended assistant coach Jong Uichico for three games for unsportsmanlike behavior and head coach Chot Reyes for one game for inciting unsportsmanlike behavior and also fined him 10,000 Swiss Francs (around PHP 534,000).

The Samahang Basketball ng Pilipinas also drew a fine of 250,000 Swiss Francs (around PHP13.3 million).
"Philippines' national federation, Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas, Inc (SBP), is sanctioned for the unsportsmanlike behavior of its delegation members and of its public, as well as for insufficient organization of the game," the statement read. "Philippines will play the next home game behind closed doors while a ban for two more home games has been placed under a probationary period of 3 years. SBP shall also pay a disciplinary fine of CHF 250,000."
FIBA slapped Daniel Kickert, whose elbow to Pogoy sparked the melee, with a five-game suspension, Thon Maker with a three-game suspension, and Chris Goulding with a one-game suspension. Basketball Australia was also hit with a fine of 100,000 Swiss Francs.
"Basketball Australia shall pay a disciplinary fine of CHF 100,000 for the unsportsmanlike behavior of its players and for abusing and/or tampering of equipment, after having removed floor stickers from the court on the eve of the game," FIBA said.
Statements of SBP:
The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) and Basketball Australia released a joint statement on the incident on July 5, saying "the actions displayed have no place on any basketball court."
"We wish to apologize to the entire basketball community worldwide - and in particular to our fantastic fans in the Philippines and Australia - for the behavior displayed by both teams and for bringing the game of basketball into disrepute. We fully accept our responsibility and are collaborating in the ongoing proceedings to investigate the incidents. We will do everything in our power to prevent this from happening again," the statement read.
The three referees who worked the game were also punished.
"Furthermore, following a thorough evaluation by a group of experts of the officiating during the game, the FIBA Secretary General has decided that the referees of the game shall be removed with immediate effect from the FIBA Elite Program and shall not be nominated to any international competitions organized or recognized by FIBA (including at Zone and Sub-zone level) for a period of one year."
The information is courtesy of  TV5-ESPN.

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