FIBA suspends 13 players, coaching staff involved in Gilas-Australia brawl

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 19) — The decision is out.

FIBA, the world basketball's governing body, has suspended on Thursday 13 players and two members of the Philippine coaching staff involved in the Gilas Pilipinas-Australia brawl that occurred earlier this month.

A free-for-all on-court scuffle took place at the third window game between the two countries in the World Cup qualifiers. It happened at the 4:01 mark of the third quarter with the Philippines trailing, 79-48.

The Australians won by default, 89-53, in the match held at the Philippine Arena in Bulacan.

The Filipino players suspended are as follows: Japeth Aguilar and Matthew Wright (one game each); Terence Romeo, Jayson Castro William, Andray Blatche and Jeth Rosario (three games each); Roger Pogoy, Carl Cruz and Jio Jalalon (five games each); Calvin Abueva (six games, due to previous unsportsmanlike behavior in a FIBA competition).

Gilas head coach Chot Reyes is suspended for one game and is ordered to pay a disciplinary fine of 10,000 Swiss Francs (around P535,000) for inciting unsportsmanlike behavior. Assistant coach Jong Uichico, meanwhile, is suspended for three games for unsportsmanlike behavior.

The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas, Inc., the country's basketball governing body, is also sanctioned for the unsportsmanlike behavior of its delegation members and of its public, as well as for insufficient organization of the game.

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The Philippines will play its next home game behind closed doors while a ban for two more home games have been placed under a probationary period of three years. SBP will also pay a disciplinary fine of 250,000 Swiss Francs (around P13.3 million).

The following Australian players are also suspended for inciting unsportsmanlike behavior: Chris Goulding (one game), Thon Maker (three games), and Daniel Kickert (five games).

Basketball Australia will pay a disciplinary fine of 100,000 Swiss Franc (around P5.3 million) for the unsportsmanlike behavior of its players and for abusing and/or tampering of equipment, after having removed floor stickers from the court on the eve before the game.

Following a thorough evaluation by a group of experts of the officiating during the match, the Secretary General has decided that the referees of the game shall be removed with immediate effect from the FIBA Elite Program and shall not be nominated to any international competitions organized or recognized by FIBA.

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