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    PBA refs face ban, Chad Alonzo technical likely to be upgraded to flagrant foul after review

    Nov 5, 2014

    REFEREES who worked the highly-physical game between GlobalPort and KIA Motors on Tuesday face suspensions while rugged Sorento forward Chad Alonzo's technical may likely be upgraded to a flagrant foul, a top PBA official said.

    The 6-3 Alonzo elbowed and punched GlobalPort rookie Anthony Semerad late in the first quarter after both fell on the floor while jockeying for position during the Batang Pier's 84-79 win over the Sorento.

    Semerad, the NCAA Finals MVP, ended up with bruises in the face and a reddish lump on his forehead while Alonzo escaped with a major penalty as referees Dacz Dacanay, Bing Oliva and Art Herrera called a double technical in the play after a video review.

    “Posibleng may sanction gaya ng suspension sa tatlong referees dahil sa nangyari kay Semerad. So ire-review siya ni Com (Salud),” PBA media bureau chief Willie Marcial told Spin.ph on Wednesday.

    [See GlobalPort rookie Semerad given 'rookie souvenirs,' courtesy of KIA's Alonzo]

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    Marcial also said Alonzo’s technical foul will likely be upgraded to flagrant foul penalty 1 after review due to the “gravity of his action."

    The 6-foot-4 Semerad also met with Salud on Wednesday afternoon, accompanied by his agent Arnold Vegafria to seek the PBA commissioner’s opinion on the incident.

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    “I just asked commissioner on the incident kay Anthony kasi he ended up with bruises and may bukol pa,” Vegafria said.

    “Okay naman ang usapan, it’s just a friendly meeting. And si commissioner naman, he just gave some tips kay Anthony on the physicality of the PBA.”

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