Australia v Philippines basketball brawl: Chris Goulding's manager may take legal action

Australia v Philippines basketball brawl: Chris Goulding's manager may take legal action

Australia v Philippines basketball brawl: Chris Goulding's manager may take legal action

The Philippines only had three eligible players remaining and two of them fouled out in quick succession, forcing officials to call the game with Australia leading 89-53.

A basketball game between Australia and Gilas Pilipinas of the Philippines devolved into absolute chaos after Philippines guard Roger Pogoy & Australia wingman Chris Goulding got tangled up on a drive.

"We had our players and team management and our coaches in fear of their physical safety", Basketball Australia chief executive Anthony Moore told a news conference.

He added: "This is not the spirit in which sport should be played and certainly not in the spirit in which we aim to play basketball". At the end of this we will await for the referees' decision.

The brawl reportedly resulted in four Australian players, including Maker, and nine Filipino players getting ejected.

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Maker was punched in the back of the head by Terrence Bill Romeo of the Philippines.

The bench-clearing event was sparked by the exchange between Pogoy and counterpart Chris Goulding, who played a huge part in the Australians' breakaway that started in the second quarter.

A total of 13 players were ejected from the game. The game continued but was brought to a halt as the local players deliberately fouled out.

"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.

After the game, Australia has a 5-1 record in topping the group, followed by the PH with a 4-2 mark.

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"You will have seen in the vision our athletes and coaches actually stayed on the court for a considerable amount of time because that was deemed to be the safest place for our players and coaches", Moore said.

There's been no word yet on any further disciplinary action from FIBA, but there's a possibility that punishment such as sanctions and/or fines could be coming down.

But the incident may just overshadow performances from both teams.

The Australian national team issued an apology for its behavior soon after the game.

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