MANILA – Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Commissioner Chito Salud maintained that they have been closely monitoring the league referees amid claims of poor officiating in the semifinal stage of the Philippine Cup.
“With regard to our game officials, rest assured we are always on top of the situation,” said Salud in a statement.
The PBA chieftain was apparently referring to the claims made by Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao regarding errant calls.
Salud said his office reviews all games on video and closely monitors each referee’s statistics. He said those found to have performed poorly are sanctioned.
“The fans deserve nothing less than well-officiated ballgames and we are doing everything we can to ensure that our game officials adhere to the tenets of competence and integrity,” he said.
Guiao was ejected twice during their semifinal series with Petron Blaze after verbally protesting the referees’ calls. He was even caught flashing a dirty finger at game officials after being thrown out of the game.
As a result, he was handed a one-game suspension and a P100,000 fine.
But Guiao said he's not the only one concerned about bad calls made by PBA referees.
"Nobody is happy with the officiating - it's not only me," he said. "The real issue here is officiating and it should not be dismissed because it's a public issue."
"Officiating should be made an issue and it should constantly be on the spotlight. That's the only way to assure fair officiating and prevent the referees from deciding the outcome of games," added the coach.