FIBA WORLD CUP: SBP fined P13 million for the Gilas-Boomers brawl
Translated to Philippine currency, the FIBA fine on the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas is around P13.3 million.
FIBA really dropped the hammer on Gilas Pilipinas with regards to all the sanctions the Philippine will get for that ugly brawl involving Australia three weeks ago at the Philippine Arena.
10 national team players are suspended following the FIBA decision Thursday. Two coaches, including head coach Chot Reyes, are suspended as well.
But perharps the biggest blow is to the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas itself as the Philippine federation will be fined CHF 250,000 for "unsportsmanlike behavior of its delegation members and of its public, as well as for insufficient organization of the game."
Translated to Philippine currency, the FIBA fine is around P13.3 million.
On top of the that, the Philippnes will be forced to play its next home game behind closed doors, "while a ban for two more home games has been placed under a probationary period of 3 years."
Basketball Australia will be fined as well with the Australian Federation being it with a CHF 100,000 fine (around P5.3 million).
According to FIBA, the money collected from the fines will be used to support the "Basketball for Good" program by the International Basketball Foundation.
To end its ruling, 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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