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    Coach Uichico accused of taking part in Gilas-Australia fracas

    Jul 2, 2018

    YOU know that things got really heated in the Gilas Pilipinas-Australia World Cup qualifier when even assistant coach Jong Uichico got involved in the scuffle, as witnesses claimed.

    The usually mild-mannered coach is being accused as the one who slammed a chair on one Aussie player and later threw punches  at the height of the brawl, based on various photos and videos spreading like wildfire online.

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      In one video circulating on Facebook which has now gone viral, Uichico is seen entering the frame at around the five-second mark and then immediately dropping a chair on a fallen Chris Goulding before throwing a couple more punches.

      Uichico was then restrained by another official.

      Take a look at the video:

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      Several witnesses also claimed that Peter Aguilar, Japeth's dad, was the one caught by the TV cameras throwing a chair during the melee.

      Here also is a photo taken by Rio Deluvio of the Manila Bulletin:

      Reactions towards Uichico's actions in social media were mixed, with some hailing Uichico for standing up for his players while others questioning why a veteran official of his stature had to get involved.

      Here, Uichico was later photographed in the Gilas bench in this pose while sitting next to head coach Chot Reyes.

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