MANILA, Philippines – The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) on Tuesday condemned a violent incident that occurred during a basketball game in Olongapo City last May 18.
A video posted by the Manila Bulletin on its Facebook page showed a referee being stabbed by a player in Tapinac, Olongapo City.
"It is most unfortunate that two basketball referees were violently attacked by a player and a supporter in a game at Olongapo City," said SBP executive director Sonny Barrios in a statement.
"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," he added.
Gil Cortez, SBP's regional director for Region 3, has already traveled to Olongapo City to look into the incident. He also extended assistance to the referees and met with local authorities.
According to the report by the Manila Bulletin, the suspect had already surrendered to the authorities.
"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," said Barrios.
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