Three Boomers suspended over on court brawl against Philippines
FIBA has handed down its sanctions to both the Australian and Filipino basketball teams following their infamous brawl.
Daniel Kickert has been suspended for five matches, Thon Maker for three and Chris Goulding for one.
Basketball Australia has also been fined $135,000.
— Ricky Mangidis (@rickm18) July 2, 2018
The Filipino team has had 10 players rubbed out for a total of 35 International matches, with three receiving a five-game ban.
The head coach has been hit with a one-match sanction while the assistants have received a three-game suspension.
The two nations have 14 days to appeal, but Basketball Australia boss Anthony Moore admits they’re likely to cop the punishment.
Basketball great and Sydney Kings Coach Andrew Gaze tell Ross Greenwood the actions of some of those involved “warranted a much more significant penalty”.
He says while it’s not “helpful”, the incident won’t have a lasting impact on the game.
“I think most people understand it’s extremely usual and it’s not a regular occurrence or there’s not a fundamental problem with the sport.”
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