Basketball: Flournoy's appeal runs risk of extending ban

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Flournoy's request delays the ban and frees him to face Scottish Rocks in Friday's BBL Trophy semi-final. But Flournoy admitted punching Harker in an incident which was videoed and witnessed by scores of fans. England Basketball's disciplinary panel may decide his appeal is frivolous and could increase the ban.

Flournoy was ejected for punching Harker, who was then thrown out for swearing at officials. Harker later made a statement to Solihull police over incidents he alleges happened in the locker-room corridor, but it is believed the Newcastle player has not had any further contact with the police.

Flournoyhopes to have signed Olu Babalola in time to face the Rocks after the Londoner was released by Italian club Roseto. Harker's one-game ban keeps him out of tomorrow's trip to Guildford, who have won four of their last five games and meet Leicester Riders in the Trophy next week.

The Bullets' are on a run of nine defeats in 10 games and, after finishing bottom of the BBL for the past two seasons, they are now one place off the foot of the table.

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