The Adamson Soaring Falcons have filed a protest to the UAAP against their alleged “biased” officiating during their Final Four game against DLSU.
Fr. Aldrin Suan, Athletic Director of Adamson University submitted a letter addressed to Commissioner Rebo Saguisag putting the game under protest. In their letter, they highlighted the disparity in fouls and free throws between both teams.
The Green Archers were called for 12 fouls and shot a total of 39 free throws while the Falcons were called for 33 free throws and attempted only five free throws the whole game.
In a response to the letter by Adamson, Saguisag in coordination with the tournament director, Mark Molina of FEU have suspended the three referees that officiated the La Salle-Adamson Final Four game.
In addition to the suspension, the referees are also facing a ban for the rest of the tournament so that the public confidence in the UAAP is preserved.
In an interview with CNN Sports Desk, Saguisag clarified that the suspension isn’t necessarily a penalty to the referees. He is saying that this is a preventive measure while the game and officials are being investigated.
Saguisag pointed out that the brand of play between both teams are different with La Salle being more aggressive in attacking the basket and Adamson focusing more on their outside shot.
But he is respecting the Falcons’ request for a “more judicious review” of the game and is investigating the game with the officials.
While he will address this matter in the proper forum and announce the results of the investigation, Saguisag closed with his opinion that what happened during the game is a cause for re-play.
“I don’t think naman, offhand, that the mistakes, if at all, were that blatant to warrant a reversal or a re-play,” he said during the interview. “If it involves judgment calls, hindi siya criteria for a protest.”