Yeng Guiao was ejected in Rain or Shine’s victory last Sunday against Meralco for complaining about the officiating. After the game, he told media about his idea for making his complaints heard.
“Wala akong Twitter, pero maglalagay na ako,” said Guiao in jest, an obvious reference to the Twitter rant by Barako Bull center Don Allado last week alleging that the league was fixed. Despite a retraction and an apology, Allado was fined P500,000 by the league and suspended for one conference.
It was a non-call that led to Guiao’s ejection, after complaining to referee Mau Maurillo about Paul Lee losing the ball on a play. The fiery coach was slapped with two successive technical fouls, leading to his banishment from the game.
“What happened was, the action happened in front of the referee and an obvious foul was not called. To me, if it’s not a foul, then there’s no such thing as a foul,” said Guiao.
Turning serious, Guiao said he supports the league’s efforts to improve the refereeing.
“I support the commissioner’s action to investigate the referees and protect the public from bad officiating,” he said.
“We really need to tighten up on the competence of the referees,” said Guiao.
Under Salud, the PBA has cracked the whip on erring referees. Peter Balao, who officiated the controversial game between Allado’s Barako Bull and the Powerade Tigers last week, was suspended by the league for the rest of the season for an obvious non-call late in the game.
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