PBA slaps P5K fine on Kevin Murphy for headlock on Calvin Abueva, upholds FFP1 call

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The flagrant foul penalty 1 called against Kevin Murphy in the PBA Governors Cup game between San Miguel and Phoenix stayed, but the prolific import was fined nonetheless by the Commissioner’s Office on Tuesday.

Murphy was slapped with a P5,000 penalty for the F1 infraction he committed against Abueva in the Beermen’s 117-100 win over the Fuel Masters last Friday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

The San Miguel reinforcement went at the league office and met with technical director and operations manager Eric Castro prior to being fined.

Abueva had been fined a total of P10K on Monday for twice foisting a dirty finger in Phoenix’s games against NLEX and San Miguel, respectively.

“After summoning Abueva and Murphy to hear their sides, the Office of the Commissioner resolved to uphold the FFP1 call of the referees against Murphy,” said the league in a statement.

Under league rules, an FFP1 is explained as an ‘unnecessary contact that involves a clear attack on the man and not the ball, that is hard and hurtful, but does not result in dire consequence (an injury), and which is not a legitimate basketball move.’