MAHINDRA has formally filed a complaint against a PBA referee who it claimed used foul language in an argument with Enforcers guard LA Revilla during the team's Philippine Cup game against Alaska in Dubai over the weekend.
Mahindra team manager Eric Pineda confirmed that the team has submitted a letter of complaint to the Commissioner's Office on Thursday which team sources said was drafted by the company's legal department.
The grievance stemmed from the language allegedly used by Art Herrera when he responded to a complaint by Revilla, who was questioning a foul whistled against him by the PBA Class A referee.
“Masyado kasing mabigat yung naging response ni Art sa pagtatanong nung bata. Minura siya ng napakabigat. Pwede naman niyang kausapin ng maayos yung bata,” said a team staffer who requested anonymity.
The staffer said Mahindra playing-coach Manny Pacquiao himself talked to Revilla after the incident and encouraged the filing of the complaint.
Former PBA technical supervisor Romy Guevarra bared that it is a ‘no-no’ for game officials to respond rudely to even the most aggressive complaints by players and coaches.
Guevarra reiterated every game demands ‘total tolerance’ by the referees.
“Naku, masama yun. Nung panahon ko dun (sa PBA), isusupendi ko 'yan pag nalaman kong nagmura siya sa player o any team official. Kahit murahin ka ng ilang ulit, wag kang gaganti ng mura. Kais pareho na kayong nagmura, pangit yun,” said Guevarra, who was supervisor of referees in the PBA for 14 years.
“Bawal sa amin yun. Ako sa akin ha, bawal 'yun. Hindi maganda na referee ka, mumurahin mo 'yung player. Kung minura ka, technical-in mo. Yan ang kabilin-bilinan ko sa mga referee, bawal ang arogante. Sinasabi ko sa mga team officials 'yan, isumbong sa akin,” he said.