Fiba releases sanctions: 10 Gilas players, two coaches suspended

Annette Crawford
July 19, 2018

"We now look forward to the next stage of World Cup qualifying in September and the Boomers playing basketball that all Australians can be proud of as we look ahead to next year's World Cup in China and the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo". "Head Coach Vincent "Chot" Reyes is suspended for 1 game and shall pay a disciplinary fine of CHF 10,000 (AUD $13,500) for inciting unsportsmanlike behavior", FIBA said.

Basketball's governing body FIBA, The International Basketball Federation, handed a $135,000 fine to Basketball Australia and suspended Boomers trio Daniel Kickert, Thon Maker and Chris Goulding.

Philippine basketball officials were expected to announce later Thursday which sanctions had been imposed by FIBA on its team.

The ten Philippines players were suspended for a total of 35 games while two of its coaches have also been rubbed out. No sanction is imposed on Nathan Sobey and Jason Cadee.

FIBA fined Basketball Australia for the unsportsmanlike behaviour 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".

Fronting the media on Thursday evening, Basketball Australia CEO Anthony Moore said it was "unlikely" the body would be contesting any of the sanctions handed to the three Australian players.

The World Cup qualifier in Manila descended into chaos in the third quarter with players, officials and even fans joining in the melee which saw punches and even chairs thrown. "This is not a weekly competition so four, five or six games is not meaningless, it's a significant period".

"At the end of the day, you don't want to see anything like that happen for us and Australia because at the end of the day, we're pros, we're national athletes", explained Alapag, who just a few months ago steered Alab Pilipinas to the 2018 Asean Basketball League championship behind imports Justin Brownlee and Renaldo Balkman.


The referees who officiated the game were also suspended by FIBA. Gabe Norwood was not sanctioned.

With the Australian Boomers well in front on 79-48, Chris Goulding was fouled, which led to teammate Daniel Kickert lashing out at Philippine player Roger Pogoy, which then sparked the mass altercation.

"The SBP, together with the Gilas national basketball team, apologise to our countrymen and to the basketball community at large for our conduct to the incident", the organisation said.

It's clear they don't want as repeat of the disgraceful brawl between the Philippines and Australia, where 13 players were ejected.

"FIBA wishes to emphasise that it condemns any form of violence, both on and off the court", the statement read.

Australia and the Philippines are not scheduled to meet again unless they face each other at the FIBA World Cup or the next Asia Cup.

The country's basketball organization was sanctioned for the behavior of its members and the public, as well as for insufficient organization of the game.

"Moreover, host countries must ensure the highest standards of organisational conditions are in place to guarantee the safety and well-being of players and other participants at all times".

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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