Huge brawl erupts after Aussie basketballer hit by 'disgusting' act


Normally this kind of incident descends into little more than handbags but that wasn't the case on this occasion.

The fight spilled into the area behind the baseline, and video showed a chair being thrown at the back of an Australia player either by a fan or member of the Philippines team staff.

It started when Australia's Daniel Kickert fouled Filipino guard Roger Pogoy and in response Jayson Castro threw a punch and former National Basketball Association journeyman Andray Blatche shoved an Australian player.

From there, things get insane, with benches clearing and all-out chaos. Ultimately the referees ejected nine Philippine players, including Pogoy and Blatche, and four Australians - Maker, Goulding, Sobey and Kickert. "But you know, when he did that in th third quarter it was hard to restrain them anymore", he added.

The reaction in Australia and around the world was one of complete shock and disgust, with harsh penalties expected after some of the most disgraceful scenes world sport has witnessed for some time.

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As there was no immediate threat to the players the game resumed but in a tame form as Fajardo and Norwood fouled softly until they fouled out, thus forcing the game to end.

A total of 13 players were tossed out in the Aussies' 89-53 default win - a game that did not even finish with the Filipinos not having enough players to field with 14 minutes left to play.

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But the fallout from this shocking incident could have huge ramifications for both nations ahead of the next round of qualifiers with FIBA sure to hand out severe punishments. "We are extremely disappointed with what happened and our role in it", Moore said.

The teams are competing in the Asian qualifiers for the 2019 FIBA World Cup.