FIBA bans 13 players, two coaches after Philippines and Australia players brawl

Boomers basketballers Thon Maker and Chris Goulding both copped bans from FIBA

Camera Icon Boomers basketballers Thon Maker and Chris Goulding both copped bans from

Australian basketball player Daniel Kickert was given a five-match ban for unsportsmanlike behaviour by worldwide body FIBA on Thursday for his part in a brawl during an Asian qualifier against the Philippines in Manila for the 2019 World Cup.

The Philippines, known as Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas, will play their next home game behind closed doors, and were given a suspended ban of a further two games for the next three years.

The game eventually resumed but had to be halted for good once the hosts were left with just one player on court as Australia won the contest 89-53.

"I saw someone apply Daniel Kickert's charge to the AFL [rules], this is worldwide play so a five or six game suspension takes them out of the whole next round of World Cup qualifiers or for Daniel he doesn't play in the September or November windows and, if picked, would only play in one game in the February window".

Jio Jalalon, the Philippines official/player that entered the court and punched Sobey only received a five-game FIBA suspension. "No sanction is imposed on Nathan Sobey and Jason Cadee", FIBA said.

'We acknowledge the sanctions handed down against Australian players and acknowledge the sanctions imposed against Philippines players and officials involved in the incident.

Kickert was seen elbowing a Philippines player in response to a foul on Goulding before the brawl erupted.

"FIBA launched a disciplinary proceeding right after the game and referred the matter to its Disciplinary Panel, which has now issued two decisions", the body said.

"The FIBA Disciplinary Panel's findings were comprehensive and addressed the key points of our submission", Basketball Australia CEO Anthony Moore said. Nor will Philippines guard Gabe Norwood.

Jason Cadee said the Australian players had a clear conscience
Camera Icon Jason Cadee said the Australian players had a clear

Kickert was banned from playing for five World Cup qualifiers and Goulding for one for unsportsmanlike behaviour and inciting unsportsmanlike behaviour.

In addition, the Philippines' national federation was sanctioned for the unsportsmanlike behaviour of its delegation members and of its public, as well as for insufficient organisation of the game.

The national Filipino basketball federation was fined $337,000.

The umpired officiating the game, which was ultimately called off, were also suspended by FIBA.

'As we stated at the outset, Basketball Australia sincerely regrets the incident, ' Moore said.

"We reaffirm the principle of no violence in any form on the basketball court or off it".

"Respect, sportsmanship and professionalism are expected from players, coaches, officials and all other stakeholders at every game".

Assistant Coach Joseph Uichico is suspended for 3 games for unsportsmanlike behavior.

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