Big fines and suspensions over massive basketball brawl

Thirteen players and two coaches have been suspended over a massive brawl in a basketball game between Australia and The Philippines earlier this month.

The World Cup qualifier in Manila descended into chaos in the third quarter with players, officials and even fans joining in the melee which saw punches and even chairs thrown.

The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) has now handed down its sanctions, suspending three Australian players and 10 Philippines players.


Daniel Kickert was given the longest ban of the Australians after being rubbed out of five international games.

Thon Maker was given a three match ban while Chris Goulding was suspended for one match.

Basketball Australia was also handed a fine of $135,000 for the actions of its players.

The ten Philippines players were suspended for a total of 35 games while two of its coaches have also been rubbed out.

Philippines’ Basketball Association has been fined $337,000.

Basketball Australia CEO Anthony Moore says they’re likely to appeal the sanctions.

“It’s something that will be a conversation with the players’ association and the players,” Mr Moore said.

“It’s unlikely from a Basketball Australia perspective that we’ll appeal but we have a scheduled board meeting tomorrow and that’s something we’ll talk through.”

The FIBA investigation found that the brawl wasn’t sparked by racist comments from Australian players as had been reported.

“The allegations of racism that were made by some sections of the Australian media were proven to be absolutely baseless,” Mr Moore told reporters.

“They weren’t a contributor to any of the incident that occurred.”