Published: Thursday 19 July, 2018

FIBA Suspends 10 Gilas Pilipinas Players & 2 Coaches for Brawl vs Australia

The FIBA suspension everybody has been waiting for was finally handed down today. The suspension was expected after the bench-clearing brawl against Australia last month, the only question was how long, and what other sanctions the Philippines would face.

Gilas players suspended

FIBA suspend 10 Gilas players, 3 Australians, 2 Pinoy coaches and 3 referees.(George Calvelo/ABS CBN News)

Ten Gilas Pilipinas players have been suspended in varying degrees for their participation in the brawl. Aside from the players, two Philippine coaches have also been suspended.

“FIBA wishes to emphasize that it condemns any form of violence, both on and off the court,” said the basketball governing body in its statement.

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“Respect, sportsmanship and professionalism are expected from players, coaches, officials.”

Gilas Players Suspended

Calvin Abueva – 6-game suspension (the longest due to a previous unsportsmanlike incident)
Roger Pogoy – 5-game suspension
Jio Halalon – 5-game suspension
Carl Cruz – 5-game suspension
Terrence Romeo – 3-game suspension
Jayson Castro – 3-game suspension
Andre Blatche – 3-game suspension
Jeth Rosario – 3-game suspension
Japeth Aguilar – 1-game suspension
Matthew Wright – 1-game suspension

Coach Jong Uichico was suspended for 3 games for his involvement in the brawl while coach Chot Reyes received a 1-game suspension.

However, FIBA imposed an additional sanction on Reyes for ‘inciting unsportsmanlike behavior’. It was referring to Reyes’ ‘hit somebody’ order on his players during the huddle which the coach said was misinterpreted. Reyes, in previous interviews, said he was talking a bout fouling an Australian player and not literally hitting someone.

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Nevertheless, Reyes has been fined CHF 10,000 (Swiss Francs), or equivalent to more than half a million pesos.

The Philippines’ Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas was also fined CHF 250,000, or more than P13 million!

Three Australian players were also suspended as well as the game’s referees. The Australian Basketball Federation was also fined CHF 100,000.


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