PBA Commissioner Willie Marcial admitted the blunder committed by one of the referees late in the 2019 Philippine Cup game between NorthPort and Phoenix on Wednesday night.
From his vantage point, Marcial clearly saw that there was no offensive foul committed by Sean Anthony and his three-point basket should had been counted in the final 47 seconds of the tightly-fought game at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The contest was tied at 96-all when Anthony was whistled for an offensive foul on Justin Chua by referee Noy Guevarra. The Batang Pier went on to lose the game, 98-96.
“Nung nakita ko pa lang galit na galit na ako,” said Marcial, who went down from the lower box section all the way to ringside to reprimand the technical crew during the lull that followed the incident.
A review the game tape with technical head Eric Castro on Thursday afternoon confirmed Marcial's findings.
"It was an unfortunate mistake by the referee in calling the offensive foul and we regret the wrong call made," the PBA said in a statement. "Accordingly, the erring referee shall be meted the appropriate sanction."
Marcial said: “Baka suspendihin ko ng mahaba-haba yung referee kasi sa tingin ko mali talaga. Nung nakita ko sa slow mo(tion), sa tingin ko mali talaga.”
Marcial didn’t discount the possibility of meting out a fine to the involved official although the long suspension should be more than enough punishment.
“Suspension lang, yung hindi siya makakapag-trabaho, malaking bagay sa kanya yun,” said the commissioner. “Kung masu-suspend namin ito for one conference, siguro makikita ng mga referees na seryoso kami."
At the same time, Marcial assured teams and PBA fans that his office is doing its best to continue improving the quality of officiating in every game.
‘”Ina-assure namin na hindi naman 100 percent, pero tinitingnan namin talaga na hindi na maulit yun