Gretchel Soltones was sanctioned by The Philippine Superliga (PSL) with a severe punishment for violating its One League Policy.
Soltones, who plays for the Iriga City Team in the ongoing PSL Grand Prix, has been slapped with a one-year suspension and a fine of P50,000.
The penalty came after she competed in the Premier Volleyball League’s All-Star Game last October 29, despite being committed to a PSL team.
League president Ramon “Tats” Suzara, in a letter sent to Team Iriga owner, Mayor Madeleine Alfelor, said the PSL does not tolerate any violation of its One League Policy.
“The Philippine Superliga strictly enforces the One League Policy prohibiting its players from playing and/or participating in other tournaments during the one-year playing commitment with the PSL,” Suzara said.
“The act of Ms. Soltones in playing/participating in the PVL All-Stars is a clear violation of our existing policy,” he added.
Solotnes has played just one game for Iriga City, in a match against Sta. Lucia, on opening day.
She is barred from playing in the PSL from November 6, 2017 until November 4, 2018.
The management of Iriga city expressed its disappointment at this development.
“It was her decision to play there. We warned her and asked her not to play there, but, in the end, she still went through with her decision. We did everything we could to keep her,” said a source from Iriga management.
In March 2017, Soltones also played for Foton in the PSL Invitational Conference, then jumped ship to the PVL to play for Bali Pure. They won the PVL Open Conference and she was not penalized in this instance.
A three-time NCAA MVP with San Sebastian College, Soltones is the third player to receive a penalty from violation of the One League Policy since it came into effect in 2016.
Pau Soriano and Lilet Mabbayad were both suspended last year after playing for Bureau of Customs in the Shakey’s V-League following a stint with Standard Insurance-Navy in the PSL All-Filipino Cup.
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