SBP Chairman: 'Quite drastic' if PH will be suspended by FIBA

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 4) — Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) Chairman Sonny Angara said the Philippines would have to prepare for any sanction that FIBA will be meting out following the brawl with the Australia Boomers in the FIBA World Cup qualifiers.

But Angara also told CNN Philippines Sports Desk that it would be 'quite drastic' if the country will be suspended from participating in tournaments sanctioned by the basketball governing body.

"What we are anticipating based on past sanctions meted out by FIBA is suspension of individual participants, players, maybe coaches, officials. Possibly fines for SBP itself as the federation or the national association," Angara said.

The SBP Chairman based this on a precedent which occurred in 2010, when an exhibition match between Greece and Serbia resulted in a bloody brawl.

FIBA meted out multigame suspensions for Greek players Antonis Fotsis and Sofoklis Schortsanitis as well as Serbians Nenad Krstic and Milos Teodosic as a consequence.

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All national players were banned for the first two games of the world championships except for Krstic who missed three games after throwing a chair at Greek center Yannis Bouroussis during the melee.

A fine of $20,000 was also handed down on the Serbian Basketball Federation and Hellenic Basketball Federation.

Regretful, conciliatory

With the disciplinary proceedings ongoing in FIBA, Angara revealed SBP plans to send a letter to the international governing body before it finalizes its decision in the coming days.

"Based on all the statements of our president Al Panlilio, I would expect the tone to be regretful and conciliatory. Also explanatory in a sense in trying to mitigate whatever might be meted out," Angara said.

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While the national team is prepared to face the consequences of their unfortunate actions, Angara hopes the country won't suffer losing its hosting rights in the 2023 FIBA World Cup.

"Hopefully it doesn't affect our hosting of the World Cup in 2023 which as you know went through a process," he said. "We're hosting it with Japan and Indonesia and we beat out many countries for the rights. It was a competition in itself."