PVL chief Ricky Palou hits out at 'absurd' decision by rival league to ban Soltones
Grethcel Soltones, on loan to Iriga City in the PSL, was fined P50,000 and banned for one year for playing in the PVL All-Star Game. 

ORGANIZERS of the Premier Volleyball League (PVL) on Tuesday branded the Philippine Superliga’s suspension of Grethcel Soltones as 'ridiculous,' stressing the player is not under contract with the PSL and therefore not bound by its one-league policy.

The PSL on Monday suspended the former San Sebastian star and many-time NCAA MVP for one year and fined P50,000 for suiting up in the PVL All-Star fund-raiser.

Sports Vision, however, insisted that the PVL is Soltones' 'mother league' as she is only on loan to Iriga City's team in the Super Liga.

"The suspension and hefty fine on (Gretchel) Soltones by PSL officials is absurd and totally uncalled for,” Sports Vision president Ricky Palou said in a statement. “In the first place, Soltones has no contract with the PSL. She is only on loan to the team of Iriga as her mother league is the PVL.”

Palou also pointed out that the PVL All-Star Game was a one-day event held for the benefit of HERO Foundation, a charity group established to raise scholarship funds for children of soldiers who died in the line of duty.

“I don't see anything wrong with what Gretchel did. In fact she should be commended for helping in this fund-raising event by her participation,” said Palou.

He added that the All-Star event is an annual undertaking staged to benefit a charitable institution or victims of calamities. The PVL All Star has been scheduled at the start of the 2017 PVL Season even before Soltones agreed to the loan spell with Iriga.

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