UAAP suspends referees in controversial Adamson-La Salle game

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The UAAP board suspended the three referee officials who officiated the controversial Final Four matchup won by defending champion La Salle over Adamson, 82-75, over the weekend.

Commissioner Rebo Saguisag said this after he placed the three referees Hernan Alejo, Ian Borbe and Noli Borbe, who officiated the game, under indefinite suspension.

“This is a provisional remedy. We are still in the process of evaluating the whole game,” said Saguisag in an interview with the Manila Standard.

The complaint was filed by Fr. Aldrin Suan, a member of the UAAP  board of managing directors representing Adamson University, in his letter requesting for a review of the officiating.

“It is loud and clear that the calls made by referees were downrightly unfair and biased. The manner the game was officiated was revolting and calls for immediate action in order to forestall its duplication in the future,” he said.

Adamson, as well as much of social media, was unhappy with the officiating for the entire game.

“This is the worst (officiating),” head coach Franz Pumaren said during the post-game interview.

The Green Archers were awarded 39 free throws compared to the Soaring Falcons 5 only.

The win put the Green Archers in the finals of the men’s basketball tournament. They are waiting for the winner between the FEU Tamaraws and Ateneo De Manila Blue Eagles.