Soltones faces one-year ban, P50,000 fine
Iriga City's Grethcel Soltones faces a one-year ban and a P50,000 fine after breaking the PSL's one-league policy.
Iriga City top hitter Grethcel Soltones was slapped with a one-year ban and a hefty fine after committing a serious infraction against the Philippine Superliga’s one-league policy.
PSL president Ramon Suzara informed Iriga City mayor and team owner Madelaine Alfelor that Soltones will face a one-year suspension and will have to pay a P50,000 fine after participating in the Premier Volleyball League (PVL) All-Star event last Oct. 29, as the former San Sebastian College standout broke a league rule.
Based on the One League Policy, no player will be allowed to play in any league while still committed with a PSL ballclub and with a tournament currently ongoing. Only collegiate players are allowed to play in other leagues provided that they carry the colors of their respective universities.
“As we discussed with you in our previous meetings, the Philippine Superliga strictly enforces the One-League Policy prohibiting its players from playing and / or participating in other volleyball tournaments during their one-year playing commitment with the PSL. A violation of this policy both merits a suspension and fine,” said Suzara in a letter in which Soltones and the team owners were also copy furnished.
Suzara added that he’s just protecting the interest of the league and that other team owners also questioned her participation in the said exhibition match.
“The act of Ms. Soltones playing/participating in the PVL All-Stars is a clear violation of the existing policy. For this reason, the PSL Board hereby imposes upon Ms. Soltones a FINE of P50,000 and SUSPENSION for one year effective 06 November 2017 to 05 November 2018.”
“Kindly be advised that the P50,000 shall be for the account of Ms. Soltones. The suspension shall only be lifted after one year and payment of the imposed fine.”
Alfelor made an appeal and the league set an emergency team owners’ meeting on Tuesday to tackle the issue.
Foton’s Jaja Santiago was also invited to play in the PVL All-Star Sunday but informed organizers of her withdrawal citing the one-league policy of the PSL.
Last year, Standard Insurance-Navy players Lilet Mabbayad and Pau Soriano were assessed with a similar infraction after playing for Bureau of Customs in the V-League.
Iriga City will take on unbeaten Foton in the 2017 PSL Grand Prix at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan on Tuesday without Soltones.
Serbian import Tamara Kmezic and Japanese reinforcements Saama Miyagawa and Minami Yoshioka will be carrying most of the load as the Lady Oragons look to score another victory after a five-set upset win over Sta. Lucia in their debut.
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