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For playing in PVL All-stars, Soltones faces 1-year PSL ban, fine

By Ricky Manliguis

The Philippine Superliga has issued a 1-year suspension and fine for Iriga City Oragons star Grethcel Soltones for violating its One League policy.

In a letter sent to Iriga City mayor and team owner Madelaine Alfelor, PSL President Ramon Suzara said that the former San Sebastian stand-out had violated the league’s One League Policy after suiting up in the Premeier Volletball League (PVL) All-star Games Oct. 29 at the FilOil Flying V Arena.

“As we discussed with you in our previous meetings, the Philippine Superliga strictly enforces the One-League Policy prohibiting its players from playing and/or participating in other volleyball tournaments during their one-year playing commitment with the PSL. A violation of this policy both merits a suspension and fine,” he said.

Aside from the one-year ban, Soltones will also be fined P50,000. The suspension will take effect from November 6, 2017 to Nov. 5 of next year.

“Kindly be advised that the P50,000 shall be for the account of Ms. Soltones. The suspension shall only be lifted after one year and payment of the imposed fine.”

Soltones, a three-time NCAA MVP, suited up for the BaliPure Purest Water Defenders for two conferences in the PVL before joining Iriga City before the start of the season.  

She is also the third player  that the PSL has suspended after Pau Soriano and Lillet Mabbayad were also banned last year while playing for Bureau of Customs.

Soltones’ suspension will be a big blow for the Lady Oragons, which just opened its PSL campaign with  a win over the Sta. Lucia Lady Realtors. They are scheduled to face defending two-time champs Foton Tornadoes this Tuesday at the resumption of PSL Grand Prix action at the San Juan Arena.

The One League Policy, which came into effect in 2016, prohibits its players from playing and/or participating in other tournaments during the one-year playing commitment with the PSL.

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