Boomers, Philippines issue joint apology after 'basket-brawl'

Boomers, Philippines issue joint apology after 'basket-brawl'

After this carnage ended, officials eventually removed 13 players from the game and in a very odd turn of circumstances, the match was allowed to carry on despite the fact that the Philippines only had three players left for the remainder of the quarter.

Basketball's governing body FIBA has opened disciplinary proceedings against both teams after the melee, where players and officials kicked and pounded a prone Australian player and both sides exchanged flying kicks and punches.

Sadly, this was the case in the recent FIBA World Cup qualifying clash between Australia and the Philippines.

While both basketball federations are doing their own investigations, FIBA is yet to come out with a final ruling.

"We deeply regret the events that took place during the game".

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It was all on between the Philippines and Australia as their match spiralled out of control.

Al Panlilio, president of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) and Ned Coten, president of Basketball Australia (BA), issued a joint statement on Thursday, July 5, noting that the "actions displayed have no place on any basketball court".

They said basketball had a unique power to unite, and the two nations would aim to display the "true spirit of friendship and sportsmanship" in future games.

Boomers head coach Andrej Lemanis, backed by assistant Luc Longley, speaks to the media after arriving at Brisbane Airport this week.

SBP and Basketball Australia said they will do everything in their power to prevent a similar incident from happening again.

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