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
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:
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.