MANILA, Philippines – (UPDATE) University of the Philippines (UP) head coach Bo Perasol will return to the sidelines in their game against University of Santo Tomas (UST) on Wednesday.
This, after his suspension was downgraded to two games following a conversation with UAAP commissioner Jensen Ilagan.
A source confirmed the development to ABS-CBN News, which was first reported by Cedelf Tupas of the Philippine Daily Inquirer.
Perasol and Ilagan met last Saturday, with the UP coach apologizing to the league as well as to referee Jaime Rivano.
Perasol was thrown out in the third quarter of UP's game against Ateneo de Manila University last September 29. He was initially given a three-game suspension, and missed UP's games against Far Eastern University (FEU) and University of the East (UE). The Maroons lost to FEU but beat UE to improve to 6-3 in UAAP Season 82.
"Last Saturday was the first time our office heard directly from Coach Bo and we appreciate his sincerity and evident humility in expressing his regret regarding the incident between him and referee Rivano which happened last September 29," said Ilagan.
"Coach Bo emphasized how he deeply regretted his actions towards the official and extended his apology towards the UAAP Board, organization, and the entire community," he added.
The league supports Ilagan's decision in lifting the ban on Perasol.
"The UAAP, through the Board of Managing Directors and Board of Trustees, maintains that it will support and respect the Office of the Commissioner with regard to any technical concern," said executive director Rebo Saguisag.
"It is also well within the Commissioner's power to reconsider on the ground of newly discovered evidence and/or developments such as availing in this case."
At the same time, Ilagan reminded all the members of the community to exert restraint and discipline, not just towards officials but to everyone on the court.
"Mr. Perasol and every member of the UAAP are hereby reminded that any further unsportsmanlike acts on their part will be dealt with the full extent of the league," said Ilagan.
The league is calling on the community to continuously strive for improvements moving forward.
"Nevertheless, the parties recognize that there will always be room for improvement in the area of officiating which needs the full cooperation of everyone involved, particularly the coaches, players, and officials," shared Saguisag.
"With the foregoing, let us all move on from the incident and focus on the game and the student-athletes."
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