Basketball Australia will not appeal FIBA sanctions over Gilas brawl

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(CNN Philippines, July 31) — Basketball Australia will not appeal the sanctions slapped by FIBA's Disciplinary Panel following its national team's involvement in the free-for-all on-court brawl against the Philippines earlier this month.

In a statement posted on its official website Tuesday, Basketball Australia Chief Executive Officer Anthony Moore said the "chances of success under the FIBA appeal process are very low so we have decided to pursue these matters with FIBA independent of the appeal process."

Moore added, "We have agreed to treat this unfortunate incident as a learning opportunity for the entire organization and we are committed to improving the practices for all of our 22 national teams as we travel throughout the world playing in FIBA basketball tournaments."

Three Australian players were suspended for inciting unsportsmanlike behavior: Chris Goulding (one game), Thon Maker (three games), and Daniel Kickert (five games).

READ: FIBA suspends 13 players, coaching staff involved in Gilas-Australia brawl

Basketball Australia was ordered to pay a disciplinary fine of 100,000 Swiss Francs (around P5.3 million) 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 before the game.

Australia holds the top spot in Group F of the World Cup qualifiers with a 5-1 win loss record. They will next face Qatar on September 13 at the Al-Gharafa Sports Club Multi-Purpose Hall in Doha.