Statement from the Flames regarding integrity breach

December 21, 2021 | Sydney Flames news

In response to the statement released by Basketball Australia of the integrity breach in the WNBL by UC Capitals head coach Paul Goriss and WNBL referee Simon Cosier, the Brydens Sydney Uni Flames make the following statement.

“We are bitterly disappointed by the actual incident but also the findings handed down by Basketball Australia’s independent hearing panel,” Flames owner and chairman Paul Smith said.

“This matter strikes right at the heart of the integrity of our league.

“While we will not comment on the individual suspensions handed down, we strongly disagree with the finding ‘no actual advantage’ was gained by the UC Capitals as a result of the actions of the coach and official.

“At no stage were any Sydney Flames coaching staff or players called to give evidence to the Independent Hearing Panel to fully ascertain what took place during the game and the advantage derived by the UC Capitals.

“We believe at a minimum the UC Capitals should lose the points and the result should be overturned with the win awarded to the Flames.”

The Flames are busily preparing for a clash against the Melbourne Boomers at Qudos Bank Arena tomorrow night, tipping off at 5 pm.