Grethcel Soltones slapped with one-year suspension by PSL

Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 06 2017 12:11 PM

Grethcel Soltones file photo. Arvin Lim, ABS-CBN Sports

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Superliga (PSL) on Monday handed a severe punishment to Grethcel Soltones 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 ban and a fine of P50,000.

This, after she competed in the Premier Volleyball League’s All-Star Game last October 29 despite being committed to a PSL team.

“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,” league president Ramon “Tats” Suzara said in a letter sent to Team Iriga owner Mayor Madeleine Alfelor.

“The act of Ms. Soltones in playing/participating in the PVL All-Stars is a clear violation of our existing policy,” he added.

Soltones has played just one game for Iriga City, when they faced off against Sta. Lucia on opening day.

She is barred from playing in the PSL from November 6, 2017 until November 5, 2018.

The management of Iriga City is said to be highly disappointed 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, who nevertheless acknowledged that Soltones is not under an official contract with Iriga City.

Incidentally, Soltones also saw action for Foton in the PSL Invitational Conference in March 2017, then jumped ship to the PVL to play for Bali Pure and her head coach Roger Gorayeb. They won the PVL Open Conference and Soltones was not penalized by the PSL in this instance.

Soltones, a three-time NCAA MVP with San Sebastian College, is the third player to be sanctioned under the PSL’s One League Policy, which came into effect in 2016.

Pau Soriano and Lillet Mabbayad were both suspended in 2016 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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