SBP condemns violent attacks on referees in Olangapo league

by Niel Victor Masoy, May 21, 2019 9:35pm

The Philippines basketball governing body Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) condemned in a statement the violent attacks on referees that transpired at a basketball league in Tapinac, Olongapo City last May 18.

"The SBP condemns such act of violence, which definitely has no place in basketball and in sports, especially against game officials. The referees are the unsung heroes of any sport, for without them, no game can be technically conducted and concluded," SBP said in a statement released on Tuesday evening.

According to reports, a game official was beaten and another was slashed after the game in a league in Tapinac City.

"It is most unfortunate that two basketball referees were violently attacked by a player and a supporter in a game at Olongapo City," SBP said.

SBP added that it sent the federation's Region 3 director Gil Cortez over to Olongapo to “look into the matter and extend assistance to the referees concerned as well as meet with local authorities so that the case can be proactively pursued.”

In a report by the Manila Bulletin, the suspect has already surrendered to authorities after the slashing incident. 

"We trust that there will be no repetition of this ugly incident, and we call on the basketball community to simply play and support the game according to its merits at all times," SBP closed.

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