Cebu-wide ban only

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Sunday, March 23, 2014


THE nine players who got a six-month ban for their involvement in the football brawl last March 16 will get a reprieve of sorts as their ban will be limited to Cebu only.

Cebu Football Association president Ricky Dakay, who attended the Philippine Football Federation Board of Governors’ meeting yesterday, said he furnished a copy of their report and decision on the players.

Dakay said that PFF secretary general Atty. Ed Gastanes told him the PFF will write the CFA another letter, formally asking if the CFA wants a nationwide implementation of the ban.

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Though they are yet to tackle the matter, Dakay said the board’s consensus is to limit the ban in Cebu.

Some of those banned in the tournament are graduating high school students. Those who were banned for six months are Mark Manlosa, Rodnel Binolirao, Jake delos Santos, Mon Ferdinand and Mon Carel Osorio of Alcoy and Miguel Kwan, Pomeroy Mark Veloso, Karlo Villamor and Thirdy Pepito of Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu (SHS-Ateneo).

In giving a six-month ban instead of a two-year ban, the CFA cited the players’ age and potential to grow in the sport.

“We will meet with the board to discuss that but we are not inclined towards extending the ban,” said Dakay. “We are hoping that the players can still find their own future in football.”

As to the spectators involved, there won’t be any leniency. Contrary to a report in another daily, there is no permanent ban yet on Enrico Mongaya
and the two other spectators who joined the fray—one from Alcoy and another from SHS-Ateneo.

“Di na tinuod. We haven’t decided yet,” said Glenn Quisido, a board member of the CFA.

Quisido said it took some time for them to come up with a sanction on the spectators because the members of board are split on the duration of
the ban.

“Dili mi ka pataka ug decide kay basi muhapak balik namo,” Quisido said.

“We are also looking for statutes in Fifa’s laws of the game to support our decision.” Quisido said some members of the board want a one-year ban, while others opt for two or three years. They will vote on the decision tonight.

“I will have them explain their vote, why they want one year, two years or three years. There’s no discussion of a permanent ban, but if the members will go for it, why not?” he said.

Unacceptable

Quisido said that once the CFA will come up with a decision, they will send the names and pictures of those involved to all organizers of football tournaments in Cebu announcing their ban. And in the case of the spectators, a ban in Cebu will be implemented nationwide.

“The PFF wants to serve notice that such actions are unacceptable,” Dakay said. Like the sanctions on the players, the CFA will transmit a report to the PFF, which will then ask if it wants the ban implemented nationwide. Once the CFA endorses a nationwide ban, the PFF will inform all football associations in the country of the nationwide ban.

Sun.Star Cebu again tried to get the side of Mongaya but he begged off from answering and referred questions to his lawyer Atty. Ram Villagonzalo.

In a phone interview, Atty. Villagonzalo said Mongaya did what he did because he had to intervene and save JM Kwan, who was trapped in a headlock by Binolirao, the goalkeeper of Alcoy FC.

“We want to clarify. Wa nya gigusto, wa siya nalipay sa nahitabo. At that time, na-endanger naman si Kwan. So ni-rescue si Mr. Mongaya,” Villagonzalo said.

“Mr. Mongaya did what he did in defense of Kwan.” Villagonzalo also dismissed suggestions that Mongaya should have just pushed Binolirao off Kwan.

“Dili ta basta-basta maka-calculate. What if ang pagtuklod mao nay hinungdan na ma snap ang liog ni Kwan?” he said. (We can not assume that,
what if the act of pushing the keeper off would lead to the snapping of Kwan’s neck?)

The lawyer also said that it was on his advice that Mongaya refrain from issuing any statement regarding the incident and that they are also deliberating if his client will issue an apology.

“We advised him not talk kay any statement he issues may be used as evidence against him,” Villagonzalo said. As to the pending ban on Mongaya from football activities, he said they are willing to accept it.

“Pero kung taas-taas, muhangyo sad mi. I hope nga naa clear-cut guidelines,” he said. “Once we get a copy, we will reply.”

Meanwhile, seven parents and a sibling of the SHS-AdC team also issued a statement last March 20 supporting Mongaya.

Sun.Star Cebu only obtained a copy of the statement yesterday. “The Kwans have since been profusely thanking Mongaya for saving JM because he was already out of breath when help came. The parents are in the process of filing against Binoliaro in the interest of justice,” the statement said.

The parents also pointed out that the Ateneo team, which was set to finish as No. 1 in the group, has joined several tournaments all over the country with no untoward incident.

“The Ateneo Under 18 boys team have joined several tournaments both here in Cebu and several places in the Philippines and emerged champions in tournaments like the Rifa Cup, Alaska Cup, Milo National Tournament and Pinta Flores just to name a few. In all these tournaments, the Ateneo de Cebu boys never figured in this kind of violent incident that happened last March 16,” the statement said. (ML)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 24, 2014.

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