Super Liga hands Grethcel Soltones one-year ban, P50K fine for playing in PVL All-Stars
Grethcel Soltones is Iriga's top local player and her absence will be a huge hit for the young team as it tries to keep up with the league's powerhouse squads. Jerome Ascano 

THE Philippine Super Liga has slapped Iriga star Grethcel Soltones with a one-year ban and a P50,000 fine after playing in an exhibition match in the Premier Volleyball League.

The sanction was handed down after Soltones played in the benefi PVL All Star game on October 29 which PSL officials said is in breach of their one-league policy.

PSL president Tats Suzara said he has sent an official letter to Iriga City mayor Madelaine Alfelor, Soltones and team owners.

“As we discussed with you in our previous meetings, the Philippine Superliga strictly enforces the One-League Policy prohibiting its players from playing and/or participating in other volleyball tournaments during their one-year playing commitment with the PSL. A violation of this policy both merits a suspension and fine,” he said in the letter.

“The act of Ms. Soltones playing/participating in the PVL All-Stars is a clear violation of the existing policy. For this reason, the PSL Board hereby imposes upon Ms. Soltones a FINE of P50,000 and SUSPENSION for one year effective 06 November 2017 to 05 November 2018.”

“Kindly be advised that the P50,000 shall be for the account of Ms. Soltones. The suspension shall only be lifted after one year and payment of the imposed fine.”

Alfelor has launched an appeal and the league will have an emergency team owners’ meeting on Tuesday.

PSL’s One League Policy states that no player will be allowed to play in other leagues while still committed with a PSL club team.

However, collegiate players are allowed to suit up in other leagues provided that they play for their respective universities.

Iriga City faces unbeaten Foton on Tuesday at The Arena in San Juan.

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