CFA to reveal sanctions today

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014


THE Cebu Football Association (CFA) has shed light on the events that transpired in last Sunday’s brawl.

The sanctions on the individuals involved, however, will be known today after a final meeting of the CFA board.

According to the findings of the CFA, which were based on the accounts of those present including referees and officials, the Boys Under-18 match between Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu and Alcoy FC last Sunday on the Aboitiz Sports Field was heated, with a lot of fouls committed and yellow cards issued by the center referee Niño

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Around the 37th minute of regulation, Alcoy FC player Mon Ferdinand Osorio committed a foul on SHS-AdC player Thirdy Pepito. After some heated words, Zapanta was able to separate the players.

Punched

However, Osorio allegedly punched an SHS-AdC player and it quickly escalated into a brawl when a certain Alcoy FC spectator, wearing a green shirt, came in and allegedly punched at least four players from SHS-AdC.

The referees, officials and spectators came into the pitch to pacify the rumble.

But on the opposite side of the pitch, Alcoy FC Rodnel Binolirao Jr. was in a wrestling match with SHS-AdC player JM Kwan. A parent from SHS-AdC came to the aid of Kwan and struck Binolirao Jr. from behind with a solid object in his hand that opened a gash on the Alcoy FC goalkeeper’s head. Another spectator, wearing a black sleeveless shirt, intervened and broke it up.

The CFA’s investigation of the incident is still ongoing.

“We will continue our inquiry. We are asking help for pictures or videos of the incident,” said Atty. Julius Entice of the CFA Disciplinary Committee.

Because of the incident, the CFA will be making changes in security for future matches, not only in the Aboitiz Football Cup but also in CFA-sanctioned football events.

“We want the safety of the game that we all love,” said Nimrod Quiñones, who heads the Disciplinary Committee of the CFA.

SHS-AdC has also aired their side on the incident.

Regret

“We deeply regret the events that had transpired at the football game between SHS-AdC and Alcoy FC. It was something that nobody had wanted to happen, and we would review and look into how it can be avoided. We are also looking at the personalities involved and would work with the ongoing investigation of the CFA. Meanwhile, we also ask the media to be more prudent and also take a look at the bigger picture of what transpired.”

The Aboitiz Football Cup expressed in a statement its concern over the incident and wishes for the speedy recovery of those who were hurt in the incident, especially children.

“The Aboitiz Football Cup was created 16 years ago to promote the values of teamwork, discipline, sportsmanship, and even education itself, among the youth and hope that these values will continue to be upheld,” the statement read.

The Capitol’s Provincial Women’s Commission (PWC) is also looking into the incident and gathering documents for a possible complaint.

Vice Gov. Agnes Magpale yesterday ordered PWC’s technical working group (TWG) to get the affidavit of the injured victim, who is a minor.

The football brawl resulted in the injury in the head of a 16-year-old player from the public school.

The boy, his aunt Luzviminda Binolirao and Eilee Costin, mother of a teammate, sought the vice governor’s help yesterday.

“Ang among striker gisumbag sa among kontra, nakalikay, nibalos siya, didto na nagsugod ang rumble (Our striker was hit. He retaliated),” the boy told Magpale.

The boy said he tried to stop another competitor who joined in the fray and they fell down. Then somebody hit him in the head and he lost consciousness, he said.

Binolirao and Costin alleged that the victim was hit with a Swiss knife. (PR)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 19, 2014.

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