UP coach Rey Madrid. Photo by Mark Cristino for ABS-CBNnews.com
MANILA, Philippines – University of the Philippines (UP) coach Rey Madrid was handed a two-game suspension over his allegations of point-shaving following the Fighting Maroons' 73-57 loss to the University of Santo Tomas (UST).
“I am suspending you for the next two games of UP Maroons. During this period you are not allowed to be in the venue of the games of your team,” UAAP commissioner Andy Jao said in a letter addressed to Madrid.
Madrid has sent a letter to the Office of the Commissioner apologizing for airing his accusations through the media.
But Jao said the letter did not substantiate Madrid’s allegations, which has “undermined the integrity of the league.”
“Your letter, however, did not address the issue that has caused all these problems. That is that you accused the game official of influencing the score of the game with the media,” the UAAP commissioner said.
“Your statement with the reporters included ‘I HOPE THAT YOU PUT THAT OUT.’ This statement clearly showed there was an intention on your part to undermine the integrity of the Commissioner's Office, who supervises the officials of the games, as well as the whole conduct of the UAAP Tournament.”
Because of the two-game suspension, Madrid can't attend UP’s remaining games in the first round of eliminations. The Fighting Maroons are scheduled to play against De La Salle University on Wednesday and Adamson University on Saturday.
“I advise you to continue to help your team in this tournament when you are reinstated at the start of the 2nd round of the eliminations,” Jao said.