Mass brawl erupts in Australia, Philippines basketball game

by Leon Thompson July 3, 2018, 11:10
Mass brawl erupts in Australia, Philippines basketball game

FIBA has already opened disciplinary proceedings against both teams.

The absurd clash was caught on camera and beamed live around the world by sports broadcasters, with players in Australia shocked as Kickert was seen being chased around the court by fed-up Filipino players.

Footage of the melee even showed a chair being thrown in the area behind the baseline.

Former Chicago Bulls star Luc Longley has been praised for potentially saving the life of Boomer Chris Goulding during the vicious brawl between Australia and the Philippines last night.

Australian former National Basketball Association champion Andrew Bogut, who was not playing, said the fight was an "absolute disgrace" and "disgusting" on Twitter.

The global federation made the announcement via Twitter, Monday night. "We are extremely disappointed with what happened and our role in it", Moore said.

"We want basketball to be the victor".

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Senator Joseph Victor Ejercito slammed Australian player Daniel Kickert for being a "dirty and arrogant player" for shoving Gilas' Matthew Wright during the warm-up.

Following a lengthy delay to sort out the penalties, the game resumed with just three Philippino players eligible to continue.

Overnight Australia's Boomers took on the Philippines at the FIBA World Cup qualifiers and with four minutes left in the third quarter, it turned into an all out brawl.

Moore said Australian players, coaches and officials held genuine fears for their physical safety in what he described as a "tinderbox" of tension in the Philippines, where basketball is the most popular sport. "We didn't want what happened to happen", Philippines basketball president Al Panlilo said in an address to fans as the game was stopped, according to ABS-CBN News.

"Nathan Sobey was assaulted, there's no other word for it, by a fan, a court-side fan and having a chair thrown".

"That is something that we absolutely don't believe occurred and that will come out as part of the tribunal process that FIBA undertake", he said.

A violent brawl broke out during a game between Australia and the Philippines.

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