Published: Monday 02 July, 2018

LOOK Team Australia Removing PLDT Sticker at Philippine Arena Caught on Video

Hours before Gilas Pilipinas faces Australia at the Philippine Arena, several Australians were caught on video defacing the arena floor. Team Australia were seen removing FIBA-approved stickers of sponsor PLDT.

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Members of Team Australia removing floor stickers at Philippine Arena. (Twitter/Manny Pangilinan)

The video was posted by Manny Pangilinan, chairman of Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) and also of PLDT.

“Aussie team ripping our/Fiba logos on the court of Phil Arena w/o asking permission. We will not back down. Those stickers go in. Regardless,” Pangilinan tweeted.

According to ABS CBN News, the Australians also removed the floor sticker of another sponsor, Chooks To Go.

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Meanwhile, Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes said in a tweet that Team Australia removed the stickers because they were reportedly slippery. But Reyes said they played in other venues where there were similar stickers without encountering problems.

Besides, the stickers were already approved by FIBA.