Along with the sanctions handed out to TNT and Phoenix Pulse players and team officials for their roles in the ugly skirmish during their match last Sunday at the Ynares Center in Antipolo, the PBA also penalized the game official who missed the groin hit by TNT import Terrence Jones on Calvin Abueva.
Referee Bing Oliva, who was just in front of the two players when the incident happened, was suspended by the league for a total of 10 games for failing to call the flagrant foul on Jones which, according to Phoenix Pulse governor Atty. Raymond Zorilla, could have prevented things from further escalating.
“It was clear. It was a punch, pero nothing happened with the referees. Siyempre mali pa rin yung ginawa ni Calvin. But it would have not come to that had it been called,” explained Zorilla.
Since there was no whistle, game officials could not review the contested play as it falls under the ‘no-call, no-review’ policy.
Had a call been made, Jones could’ve been charged with an FFP2 which carries a penalty of outright rejection.
Abueva, still smarting from a non-call from the previous play, knocked Jones down with a clothesline tackle after the KaTropa import grabbed the loose ball from a missed attempt by “The Beast” himself.
The 2013 Rookie of the Year was immediately tossed out of the game and was eventually slapped by the league with a P70,000 fine plus an indefinite suspension.
Jones, for his part, was fined P50,000 for the groin hit plus P20,000 for pushing a referee.