FIBA hands out sanctions over Boomers brawl

Paola Ditto
Luglio 19, 2018

Three Aussie players have been banned for unsportsmanlike conduct, for between one and five games, as well as Basketball Australia being ordered to pay a $135,000 fine.

Philippines assistant coach Joseph Uichico was also suspended for 3 games for unsportsmanlike behaviour, while head coach Vincent "Chot" Reyes was suspended for 1 game and shall pay a disciplinary fine of $13,500 for inciting unsportsmanlike behaviour.

Ten Philippines players have also been banned for unsportsmanlike conduct, for between one and six games.

The Australian Basketballers' Association said in a statement that it would not appeal the penalties on behalf of the players, but it was seeking further clarification from FIBA regarding sanctions imposed on some officials and fans involved.

Thirteen players and two coaches were suspended for unsportsmanlike behaviour and a total of US$360,000 in fines issued, mostly against the Philippine hosts of the Jul 2 match.

Maker was suspended for three for unsportsmanlike behaviour, with teammates Nathan Sobey and Jason Cadee avoiding sanction completely.

The Australians were also sanctioned for tampering with equipment after removing floor stickers from the court during practice on the eve of the game, FIBA said.

Basketball Australia CEO Anthony Moore says they're likely to appeal the sanctions.

Kickert's retaliation on Pogoy sparked the all-in brawl, which included punches, elbows, kicks and objects - including a chair - hurled at players.

"As the referees, they should also judge the temperature of the game".

"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. Gabe Norwood was not sanctioned.

According to claims, some Australia players called the Filipinos derogatory names, but Boomers officials refuted those accusations saying they were unfounded.

"The following 3 players are suspended for unsportsmanlike behavior and, in the case of Chris Goulding and Daniel Kickert, also for inciting unsportsmanlike behavior: Chris Goulding (1 game), Thon Maker (3 games) and Daniel Kickert (5 games)".

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

FIBA handed down player suspensions totaling 35 games on the Gilas side and 9 for Australia as punishment for their involvement in a massive fracas earlier this month. Whilst it is unlikely we will do so this is a matter that will be considered at a scheduled board meeting of Basketball Australia tomorrow.

'Respect, sportsmanship and professionalism are expected from players, coaches, officials and all other stakeholders at every game.

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 the insufficient organization of the game.

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