MANILA, Philippines – Former Ateneo cager Nico Salva came under fire over a tweet about the Philippine men’s national football team Wednesday night.
Moments after the Azkals bowed out of the AFF Suzuki Cup with a 0-1 setback to Singapore, Salva tweeted: “Finally the boring football game on aktv is over. Now can u show the pba game already?”
Sports programming block AKTV had delayed the telecast of the PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinal games to give way to the Azkals’ game.
Ateneo's Nico Salva Photo by Mark Cristino for ABS-CBNnews.com
Salva was criticized by netizens for his tweet, with many football fans calling out the player for his rudeness.
“Don’t you ever play for the national team, Nico Salva,” tweeted Jaron Genota, a football fan.
“Think before you tweet, Nico Salva. Shame Atenista ka pa naman,” tweeted Bernadette Lindres (@detteedeity).
Dino Maragay (@dino_mars) said Salva wanted to be like pop superstar Justin Bieber, who this week was also heavily criticized for posting funny pictures of Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao.
“I cannot believe Nico Salva just tweeted that. That was insensitive. Kahit na sabihin mo na hindi ka fan ng football,” tweeted Maricar Topular (@mirika02).
Another Twitter user, Nissi Icasiano (@Nissi_Icasiano), told Salva that “football has more followers than basketball. So be careful.” Icasiano also pointed out that it was the national team that was playing.
Salva deleted his tweet and posted: “Chill. I do support our national teams. Not just a fan of football and I wanna watch the PBA game. Relax lang kayo.”
But Genota said Salva’s ‘non-apology’ was not enough.
“Not even an apology. Chill na lang daw. Someone needs to learn what humility is,” he tweeted.
Salva won five championships with the Ateneo de Manila Blue Eagles in the UAAP and was the Finals MVP in Seasons 74 and 75. He currently plays for the NLEX Road Warriors in the PBA D-League.