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Basketball took a back seat on Monday during the FIBA World Cup qualifying game between Australia and Gilas Pilipinas when a massive brawl broke out.

Members of the Philippines squad cleared the bench for the fight, and one National Basketball Association player, Thon Maker, got involved in the fight.

The game was called off after the remaining Philippines players fouled themselves out, with Australia declared the victor 89-53.

The Philippines were reduced to three players but, in further freaky scenes, play continued before two of those three deliberately fouled out and the match was called off.

Basketball Australia CEO, Anthony Moore, released a statement on the incident, following the game.

One player even got hit with a chair.

"Basketball's worldwide governing body has opened disciplinary hearings against Australia and the Philippines". "The foul of Pogoy on Goulding was called a foul. but he [Kickert] was the one who came in and he decked Pogoy for the fifth time".

A mass brawl erupted at an worldwide basketball match between the Philippines and Australia on Monday, with players trading flying kicks and punches in extraordinary scenes which stunned onlookers. We didn't want what happened to happen.

"We apologise to our fans and will await the penalties to be handed down".

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Maker, who was playing for Australia, can be seen in footage of the fight launching himself in the air at members of the other team.

The brouhaha resulted in 13 ejections - including Australia's Thon Maker of the Milwaukee Bucks - and left the Philippines with three players.

Moore acknowledged that players on both sides had transgressed, describing Kickert's actions as "a challenge to defend" and "an unsavoury incident".

A string of fouls against the Philippines sent their remaining players off, ending the game before the fourth quarter.

Basketball's global governing body FIBA tweeted that the decisions from its disciplinary proceedings would be communicated in coming days.

BA will also have pause about returning to the Philippines for games in future although they would face "significant ramifications" if they refused to play there.

Now, with the proceedings about to start, FIBA said that the decisions will be made in the next days.

Jong Uichico says his emotions got the better of him as he joined the bench-clearing brawl between the Philippines and Australia.


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