FIBA suspends 13 Filipino, Australian basketball players

The FIBA Disciplinary Panel today released sanctions against 13 Filipino and Australian basketball players, 2 Filipino coaches, and basketball federations of Philippines and Australia after a brawl broke out on July 2 during the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Asian Qualifiers Round 1.

Players were given 1, 3, 5, 6-game suspension each depending on their participation in the said brawl. Suspensions will take effect in the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Qualifiers Round 2 slated from September 2018 to February 2019.

For Philippines: Japeth Aguilar and Matthew Wright got 1 game suspension each; Terence Romeo, Jayson Castro William, Andray Blatche and Jeth Rosario (3 games each); Roger Pogoy, Carl Cruz and Jio Jalalon (5 games each); Calvin Abueva (6 games, due also to prior unsportsmanlike behavior in a FIBA competition). Gabe Norwood was not sanctioned.

For Australia: Chris Goulding (1 game), Thon Maker (3 games) and Daniel Kickert (5 games). Nathan Sobey and Jason Cadee were not sanctioned.

Philippines, Australia, and Japan – all from Group B – were grouped in 6-team Group F of FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Qualifiers Round 2 but will not be matched against each other. They will only be matched against Iran, Kazakhstan, and Qatar – all from D – in home and away matches.


Points from Round 1 were carried over. Top 3 teams in Round 2, after all matches, qualify for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 in China.

“Assistant Coach Joseph Uichico is suspended for 3 games for unsportsmanlike behavior. Head Coach Vincent ‘Chot’ Reyes is suspended for 1 game and shall pay a disciplinary fine of CHF 10,000 for inciting unsportsmanlike behavior,” FIBA said.

FIBA added that referees of the said game were removed from the FIBA Elite Program and will not be nominated to any international competitions organized or recognized by FIBA (including at Zone and Sub-zone level) for a period of one year.

“Philippines’ national federation, Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas, Inc (SBP), is sanctioned for the unsportsmanlike behavior of its delegation members and of its public, as well as for insufficient organization of the game. Philippines will play the next home game behind closed doors while a ban for two more home games has been placed under a probationary period of 3 years. SBP shall also pay a disciplinary fine of CHF 250,000,” FIBA said.

“Basketball Australia shall pay a disciplinary fine of CHF 100,000 for the unsportsmanlike behavior of its players and for abusing and/or tampering of equipment, after having removed floor stickers from the court on the eve of the game,” FIBA added.