“WALA akong Twitter (account), pero gagawa na ako,” Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao began his post-game interview moments after his Elasto Painters turned back Meralco, 99-86, in their Governors Cup semifinal game Sunday at the Araneta Coliseum.
It was meant as a joke, but obviously Guiao’s way of driving home his point – officiating in the PBA needs to get better.
“I support the commissioner’s action to investigate the referees and protect the PBA public from bad officiating,” said the outspoken Rain or Shine coach.
Guiao was ejected from the game after being slapped with a double technical over a non-call by referee Raymond Maurillo on rookie Paul Lee just before halftime and the Elasto Painters protecting a slim 45-44 lead.
“He was three or four feet away from the action, and there was an obvious foul that was not called. And to me, if that’s not a foul, nothing is a foul,” added Guiao.
The rant by the former national team mentor came just a few days after Barako Bull’s Don Allado criticized officiating on his Twitter account @alotofdon during the Energy’s knockout game for a semis playoff against Meralco. The veteran forward later insinuated that games in the league “are fixed,” an allegation that netted him a one-conference ban and P500,000 in fine.
Without the benefit of a Twitter account, Guiao instead made public his gripe.
“In lieu of all the things that happened, we really need to tighten up on the competence of our referees and officiating,” he said.