THE agent of Australia cager Chris Goulding expressed disappointment over the sanctions given by Fiba over Gilas Pilipinas.
Goulding was given a one-game suspension by Fiba for his role in the infamous brawl that occurred between Australia and Gilas Pilipinas on July 2 at the Philippine Arena.
But his agent, Daniel Moldovan, disagreed with the sanctions of Fiba, claiming that Goulding never took part in the brawl.
“I am extremely disappointed in the ruling handed down by Fiba,” wrote Moldovan in his Twitter account. “Chris Goulding neither provoked or retaliated to a vicious mob assault and has been suspended by Fiba. This is quite simply a disgrace."
Moldovan, however, said he is even more disappointed that Gilas assistant coach Jong Uichico was slapped with a three-game suspension, which he described as ‘farcical.’
“The most disturbing aspect of Fiba’s ruling is the fact that assistant coach Joseph Uichico, who in my opinion, is guilty of attempting to cause grievous bodily harm that could have easily resulted in the death of Chris Goulding has been given a farcical three-game suspension,” wrote Moldovan.
“What message is Fiba sending to children all over the world when a violent and non-sensical act such as this is given nothing more than a slap on the wrist? Coach Uichico should never be allowed to coach a Fiba-sanctioned game ever again,” Moldovan added.
Moldovan said he will be consulting with their lawyers following the Fiba decision.
“We will be seeking our own legal counsel immediately to discuss our next step,” said Moldovan.
Uichico had already apologized for his actions hours after the incident.