UAAP commissioner issues preventive suspension to La Salle-Adamson referees

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 21) — The University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) clarified on Tuesday that the league decided to suspend the referees who officiated the La Salle-Adamson game as a "preventive measure."

"Our findings are still provisional. Pending investigation, para wala muna tayong gulo, ilalabas ko muna 'yung tatlo,"  UAAP Commissioner Rebo Saguisag told CNN Philippines Sports Desk.

The commissioner also said that he does not think that the mistakes were "blatant" to subject the De La Salle Green Archers and the Adamson Soaring Falcons to a rematch.

"At the moment, without prejudice to further findings, I don't think naman na offhand, the mistakes, if at all, were that blatant to warrant a reversal or re-play," he said in the interview.

In a letter dated November 20, Saguisag said the officials that called the game were "immediately suspended with two strongly recommended for being banned for the rest of the season, if only to preserve confidence in our league."

His letter was in reply to a complaint filed by Adamson University also on Monday, against the "lamentable calls" made by the referees in Saturday's game. Copies of the letters from the UAAP Commissioner and from Adamson were obtained Tuesday.

"Protest/complaint is hereby lodged against the lamentable calls made by the referees who officiated the La Salle-Adamson game," wrote Father Aldrin R. Suan, director of the university's Office of Athletics and Recreation on behalf of the school.

"A judicious review of the match is asked from the UAAP (executive director) together with the technical team to arrive at an objective resolution of the contention hereby raised," Suan added.

Saguisag said the league is still reviewing the entire game which Adamson head coach Franz Pumaren said had the "worst officiating."

Also read: Franz Pumaren on Adamson's Final Four loss to La Salle: 'Worst officiating'

Pumaren vented his frustration towards the referees on his way to the locker room after Adamson absorbed an 82-75 setback to La Salle last Saturday.

The loss cost the Soaring Falcons their season while La Salle earned a return ticket to the finals.

Officials called 33 fouls against Adamson and granted La Salle 39 free throw attempts. On the other hand, only 12 fouls were called against the Green Archers while the Soaring Falcons had five free throw attempts.

"I don't want to sound sour-graping, but I guess all basketball fans saw the game," Pumaren said after the game.

Pumaren, a De La Salle University alumnus who played for the Taft-based squad before turning pro, was the architect of the Green Archers' four-peat run. He served as coach for the Archers from 1998 to 2009.

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