Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Tiebreaker Times

Football

Missing ID’s force UP Fighting Maroons to forfeit first round win over NU


It is safe to say that the University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons’ campaign in the UAAP Season 81 Men’s Football Tournament is not going to plan.

The defending champions suffered defeats at the hands of De La Salle University, Far Eastern University, and, most recently, Adamson University, but UP received another blow when its first-round win over National University was reversed into a defeat.

It transpired that the Fighting Maroons failed to bring with them their league ID’s to FEU-Diliman on February 28, 2019, which the match commissioner found out in the mandatory pre-game inspection.

“With that, that’s already an automatic default. Upon inspection kapag wala pa rin yung IDs, automatic default yun.  is already decided,” shared UAAP Football Tournament commissioner Rely San Agustin.

However, what complicated the issue was that the match was to be shown by the broadcaster on live tv. Not showing the match would have put the UAAP in jeopardy. Two conditions were then set by the officials for the game to go on.

“UP will be fined, but out of fair play and transparency, NU will be notified of the No IDs and (that) NU will have the option to either protest or not to protest the game,” said San Agustin.

State U then won the game 2-1 thanks to JB Borlongan’s fantastic free-kick but was then given a Notice of Sanction, which it did not appeal.

On the other hand, NU sent a letter UAAP Executive Director Atty. Rebo Saguisag a letter to call for an investigation. Saguisag then recommended that UP explain their side in the case.

#ReadMore  RDO to Poy Erram: 'Ikaw ang pag-asa ng TNT'

“So they did reply, and as I reviewed the documents, they were really more focused on the issue of the protest process, parang it wasn’t properly processed. But NU did sign the protest form, but when NU sent the letter, it wasn’t meant as a protest but as a clarification,” narrated San Agustin.

“Upon my review as incoming commissioner in the middle of the tournament, I felt that the protest was to really clarify because of the complexity of the issue, na parang if this wasn’t a TV game, then we would have awarded it, but we were thinking about the general picture of it all, so we set conditions to it.”

This latest setback now leaves UP at 6th place in the standings with 7 points, level with University of the East and Adamson. It was the last thing the Fighting Maroons needed and they have all to do in the second round.

“Given the documents that were sent that I have reviewed, it still doesn’t escape the fact that we have to stick to what was agreed upon,” the amiable commissioner shared.

“Both coaches agreed that they would play under those conditions, and it was actually communicated here with the organizing committee and the technical committee and everyone agreed on that.”

Written By

Lorenzo's a frustrated author who knows a thing or two about Football and Basketball. Went all green from Ortigas to Taft. Supports Liverpool FC, FC Bayern Munich and the Alaska Aces


You May Also Like

Football

Kintaro Miyagi has decided to not play his final year for University of the Philippines. “Thank you UPMFT brothers for six years full of...

ADMU

Ateneo libero Dani Ravena played a huge role when the Lady Eagles evened up the series after a four-set victory in Game Two of...

ADMU

Anton Asistio feels honored to have had Jai Reyes as a teammate in Bataan during the early goings of the 2019-20 Chooks-to-Go Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball...

ADMU

Super seniors who could not play during the University Athletic Association of the Philippines’ 82nd season will have another shot at glory.  The league’s...

3x3 Basketball

No one will be left behind.  The 1,214 student-athletes unable to play their events during UAAP Season 82 will receive honorary medals by the...

Football

Miggy Clarino and University of the Philippines had high hopes entering UAAP Season 82. After all, the Fighting Maroons were just one goal away...

Basketball

What would have happened if Ben Mbala played out his final year of eligibility with La Salle? Would have he stopped the current Ateneo...

Basketball

It may be hard to imagine for some, but Mariano “Nonong” Araneta — who is and will always be known for his contributions to...

Advertisement