It's quite fair -- SBP prexy Al Panlilio on FIBA sanction

Mark Escarlote on Jul 19, 2018 07:13 PM
It's quite fair -- SBP prexy Al Panlilio on FIBA sanction
SBP president Al Panlilio addresses the media after the association's press conference following the FIBA sanctions.

Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas accepted the sanctions and fines issued by FIBA on Gilas Pilipinas’ involvement in an ugly brawl three weeks ago against Australia.

[Related: FIBA WORLD CUP: 10 Gilas players suspended for brawl with Boomers]

The national sports association held a press conference Thursday following the release of the sanctions that resulted in suspensions of 10 players involved in the melee, two coaches including head coach Chot Reyes and a hefty fine of almost P13.3 million.

[Related: FIBA WORLD CUP: Chot gets 1-game suspension and P535,000 fine]

The sanction also included a closed-door home game on Gilas’ next match against Qatar on Sept. 17 and two more home games under a three-year probationary period.

[Related: FIBA WORLD CUP: SBP fined P13 million for the Gilas-Boomers brawl]

SBP president Al Panlilio called the sanctions ‘quite fair’ but the association will still review the report and convene on whether to file an appeal within the 14-day period.   

“I think it’s quite fair,” said Panlilio, who was joined by SBP executive director Sonny Barrios and Gilas Pilipinas team manager Butch Antonio.  (It’s a) very extensive report. They focused on the infractions, which we will review further maybe on some clarifications on facts, whether they were aligned on those facts.”      

Panlilio also read the SBP’s official statement during the press conference after recapping the sanctions imposed by FIBA.

“SBP accepts the disciplinary panel’s decision and extends it appreciation to the panel for its work. The decision is a lengthy document, the SBP is in the process of carefully reviewing it,” according to the statement.

“The executive committee of the SBP will convene soon to determine if it will avail of the appeals procedure provided under the decision.

As well, the SBP will take steps to develop contingencies for the Philippines’ participation in future FIBA-sanctioned tournaments.”

The SBP again apologized for the incident during the FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifier held at the Philippien Arena in Bulacan last July 2.

“Once again, the SBP together with the Gilas national basketball team apologize to our countrymen and the basketball community at large for our conduct in the incident,” according to the statement. “We reaffirm the principle of no violence of any form on the basketball court or off it. We appreciate that the game of basketball is of such importance in the hearts of every Filipino.

“In that light, we assure our countrymen and FIBA that we will work to raise our hosting level as we fix the traditional hospitality accorded to guests by our people.”           

Basketball Australia also received stiff fines from FIBA.



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