FIBA suspends 10 Gilas Players as a result of the brawl with Australia

The FIBA handed out their sanctions to all parties involved in the brawl during the last 2019 World Cup Qualifying game between Gilas Pilipinas and Australia.

Gilas Pilipinas suffered the biggest blow as 10 players and two coaches from the team were suspended. Japeth Aguilar and Matthew Wright were suspended for one game each. Terrence Romeo, Jayson Castro, Andray Blatche and Troy Rosario will sit out the next three games due to suspension. RR Pogoy, Jio Jalalon and Carl Bryan Cruz are suspended for five games while Calvin Abueva was meted with the heaviest suspension at six games.

Head Coach Chot Reyes was also suspended for one game and fined 10,000 Swiss Francs for “inciting unsportsmanlike behaviour.” Assistant Coach Jong Uichico is suspended for three games.

In addition to the suspension, the SBP was also fined 250,000 Swiss Francs for “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 next Gilas game will be played behind closed doors, while ban for two more home games has been placed under a probationary period of three years. This means that there shouldn’t be a similar incident happen in the next three years or else the home game ban will be enforced.

There were three players also suspended from Australia, Chris Goulding (1 game), Thon Maker (3 games) and Daniel Kickert (5 games). Basketball Australia was also fined 100,000 Swiss Francs for their “unsportsmanlike behaviour”.

The referees that handled the game between Gilas and Australia were also sanctioned. They are suspended from international play for one year.

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