The FIBA Disciplinary Panel on Thursday (July 19) sanctioned Australia and Philippine players over a World Cup qualifying brawl in Manila on July 2.
According to FIBA Basketball’s official website, the decision suspends 10 Philippine Gilas players – Japheth Aguilar, Matthew Wright, Terence Romeo, Jayson Castro William, Andray Blatche, Jeth Rosario, Roger Pogoy, Carl Cruz and Jim Gallon – and Assistant Coach Joseph Uichico for unsportsmanlike behaviour. Head coach Vincent ‘Chot’ Reyes was also suspended for inciting unsportsmanlike behaviour and was ordered to pay a disciplinary fine of $13,500.
Likewise, the Philippines’ national federation Samahang Basketball ng Pilipinas, Inc. (SPB) is sanctioned for the unsportsmanlike behaviour of its team and of its public, and for “insufficient organisation of the game.” The federation is ordered to pay a disciplinary fine of $337,000
The 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.
Meanwhile, FIBA suspended three Australian Boomers – Chris Goulding, Then Maker, and Daniel Kickert – also for unsportsmanlike behaviour.
No sanction was imposed, however, on Australians Nathan Sobey and Jason Cadee, who were also on the court during the brawl.
Basketball Australia also ordered to pay a disciplinary fine of $134,850 for the unsportsmanlike behaviour of its players for abusing and tampering of equipment.
The money from the fines will be used to support a social program called “Basketball for Good” launched by International Basketball Federation (IBF). – UNTV News and Rescue
Japheth Aguilar (1 game)
Matthew Wright (1 game)
Terence Romeo (3 games)
Jayson Castro William (3 games)
Andrey Blatche (3 games)
Seth Rosario (3 games)
Roger Pogoy (5 games)
Carl Cruz (5 games)
Jim Jalalon (5 games)
Calvin Abueva (6 games)
Assistant Coach Joseph Uichico (3 games)
Head Coach Vincent ‘Chot’ Reyes (1 game and $13,500 fine)
Philippines’ national federation (Fined $340,000 and 3 years probation)
Chris Goulding (1 game)
Then Maker (3 games)
Daniel Kickert (5 games)
Basketball Australia (Fined $135,000)