Board upholds Soltones ban, P50K fine

Board upholds Soltones ban, P50K fine
PSL team owners unanimously voted to uphold the one-year ban and P50,000 fine on Iriga City hitter Grethcel Soltones.

Iriga City's appeal to reconsider the one-year ban and P50,000 fine on Oragons hitter Grethcel Soltones was denied by other team owners in an emergency meeting Tuesday morning.

Team owners unanimously voted to shoot down Iriga City's appeal for reconsideration after Soltones committed an infraction against the PSL's one-league policy.

"The team owners in an emergency meeting today at 11 a.m., unanimously denied the request of reconsideration of Iriga re: Soltones suspension," according to a statement released by PSL president Ramon 'Tats' Suzara.

Soltones participated in the Premier Volleyball League's All-Star Sunday last October 29 while the PSL Grand Prix is already ongoing, thus breaking league rule.

The vote was 7-0, upholding the league's decision to ban and fine Soltones, who should have been under contract with Team Iriga for one year.

Team Iriga, however, does not have a contract yet with Soltones, to the dismay of league officials who have imposed a rule on all teams to sign their players to a minimum of one-year contract on a one-league policy, meaning players could not play outside of the PSL while they are under contract with their respective teams.

Team Iriga could not vote during the deliberation.

Guest team Victoria Sports- University of Santo Tomas also could not vote.

Soltones will be required to pay the fine under league rules.

Without Soltones, the Oragons suffered a 10-25, 23-25, 19-25, loss to unbeaten powerhouse defending champion Foton Tornadoes.

"Siyempre kung ako ang tatanungin, napakalaking bagay ang nawala. Malaking tulong sa akin kapag nand'yan si Grethcel," said Iriga City coach Parley Tupaz.

"Wala tayong magagawa, move on tayo kung talagang ganoon," he added. "Huwag nating ipilit kasi siyempre may sariling rules ang PSL."

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