The Australian Basketballers’ Association (ABA) has received notice of the sanctions handed down by the FIBA Disciplinary Panel to Australian Boomers Daniel Kickert, Thon Maker and Chris Goulding for their involvement in an incident during a FIBA World Cup Qualifier in Manila on Monday 3 July 2018.
While the ABA will not be appealing the sanctions on behalf of the players, the ABA is seeking further clarification from FIBA regarding sanctions imposed on some officials and fans involved in the incident.
ABA CEO and Managing Director, Jacob Holmes, said;
“On behalf of the ABA, I would like to thank the players and staff of the Australian Boomers for their cooperation and professionalism during the disciplinary process.
“This has been a truly difficult period for our players. We hope the game can now move forward and the focus can shift to our Boomers performing at their very best as individuals and as a team on the court.
“The ABA welcomes FIBA’s finding – through a thorough process – that no discriminatory or racist language was used by Australian Boomers players, as had been alleged.
“Finally, it would be remiss of us to not to express disappointment on behalf of our players in some of the sanctions meted out.”
ABA Chairman Greg O’Neill added;
“We hope the next encounter with the Philippines will be an exemplary game of basketball by both sides and we look forward to working cooperatively with their Association, particularly President Alfredo S Panililo, to promote the great sport of basketball.”
The ABA will not be providing any further comment at this stage.