The ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) announced on Wednesday the reduction of sanctions earlier handed out to the coaching staff of the Westports Malaysia Dragons and Saigon Heat after evaluating the appeals sent by the two teams.
The Dragons and Heat were caught in a post-game scuffle during their January 17 match in Malaysia which resulted in a number of fines and suspensions.
However, after careful assessment of the appeals sent by the two squads, the league has decided to downgrade the penalties.
Dragons head coach Christopher Thomas is now being suspended for one game and fined
1,000 US Dollars. Thomas was initially suspended for two games. The Dragon’s coach will now have to sit out their game against the CLS Knights Indonesia on February 4.
Meanwhile, the league ban on coach Thomas’ fiancée has been reduced to only the regular season.
Saigon head coach Kyle Julius on the other hand, will no longer be suspended for one game but his fine of 1,000 US Dollars will remain.
As for the fines originally imposed on Dragons General Manager Yakub Hussaini and Saigon Heat assistant coach David Singleton, they have now been waived by the league.