SBP apologizes to basketball community: 'Violence has no place in sports'

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 3) — The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) has issued an apology for the incident during the FIBA World Cup qualifiers game between the Philippines and Australia.

Members of both countries figured in a free-for-all on-court brawl that resulted to the ejection of 13 players at the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan.

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In a statement released Tuesday, the SBP said the scuffle put the country in a bad light after being known as gracious hosts to international events.

"As hosts, we regret having breached the bounds of traditional Filipino hospitality. As the national team representing flag and country, we likewise extend our apologies to the Filipino people."

The national association for basketball remained firm in its belief that any form of violence should not be tolerated in sports.

"SBP stands by its conviction that violence has no place in sports."

"We will review the incident comprehensively and await the decision of FIBA with respect to disciplinary proceedings on the matter."

SBP Chair Sonny Angara, in a separate statement, is saddened by the fact the officials could have done a better job in controlling the match.

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"It was unfortunate that things got out of hand. It could have been prevented if the referees had tightened officiating to better control the game," he said.

On the other hand, Chief Executive of Basketball Australia Anthony Moore was disappointed with the incident and their team's participation in it.

"We are extremely disappointed with what happened and our role in it. This is not the spirit in which sport should be played and certainly not in the spirit in which we aim to play basketball. We apologise to our fans and will await the penalties to be handed down."