FIBA Hands Out Sanctions After PHI-AUS Brawl

FIBA The FIBA Disciplinary Panel has come out with various sanctions, suspensions and fines following the brawl that took place between the Philippines and Australia during the 2019 FIBA World Cup Qualifiers (Asia). It was one of the biggest brawls that have taken place in international competition, with 13 players ejected after things were under control.

Philippines

10 players have been suspended for a varying number of games (varying between players) for unsportsmanlike behavior.

Japeth Aguilar (1 Game)

Matthew Wright (1 Game)

Terrence Romeo (3 Games)

Jayson Castro Williams (3 Games)

Andray Blatche (3 Games)

Jeth Rosario (3 Games)

Roger Pogoy (5 Games)

Carl Cruz (5 Games)

Jio Jalalon (5 Games)

Calvin Abueva (6 Games)

Head Coach Chot Reyes has been suspended for one game and has been fined $10,000 for inciting unsportsmanlike behavior. Assistant coach Joseph Uichico has been suspended for three games.

Philippine National Basketball Federation, Samahang Baskebol ng Pilipinas has been sanctioned for its insufficient organization of the game. The next home game will be played behind closed doors. The SBP has been fined $250,000.

Australia

Three players were suspended by FIBA.

Chris Goulding (1 Game)

Thon Maker (3 Games)

Daniel Kickert (5 Games)

Basketball Australia has been fined $100,000 for the unsportsmanlike behavior of its players.

*The referees of the game were also removed by FIBA for a period of one year.

FIBA wishes to emphasize that it condemns any form of violence, both on and off the court. Respect, sportsmanship and professionalism are expected from players, coaches, officials and all other stakeholders at every game. Moreover, host countries must ensure the highest standards of organizational conditions are in place to guarantee the safety and well-being of players and other participants at all times.

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