Australian basketballers ‘in fear’ for safety in Philippines brawl

Basketball Australia says ‘alarming’ and ‘unsavoury’ events left players wondering if they would leave arena unscathed

Australian basketball players feared for their safety after a World Cup qualifier in the Philippines descended into an extraordinary mass brawl, the sport’s domestic governing body has said.

The chief executive of Basketball Australia, Anthony Moore, faced the media on Tuesday to express his regret at Australia’s involvement in the “unacceptable” incident that has prompted questions over security for travelling teams. The international governing body, Fiba, has opened an investigation.

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