AMANDO Salva, the father of Ateneo star Nico Salva, has slammed the UAAP for banning him for the rest of the season over a spat with Far Eastern University assistant coach Ronald Magtulis, asking the league correct their "error in judgement."
The elder Salva has been banned by the league from watching the games from the patron and players’ area due to the skirmish where Magtulis reportedly challenged him to a fight last Thursday after the Tamaraws’ match against University of the Philippines at the Philsports Arena.
Magtulis was issued a one-game suspension for the incident. The elder Salva, however, can still watch the games from other areas of the stadium.
In a letter addressed to UAAP president Nilo Ocampo which was also emailed to various media outlets, the elder Salva rued the league issued the ban without even bothering to have him air his side on the matter.
“I cannot believe that the board has decided on something without hearing my side first,” wrote Salva. “If you were truly concerned about the incident and the possible effects, you could have summoned me and I would have presented my side.”
Amando Salva later presented his side of the story in a letter, a part of which is reprinted below.
“Given all the facts herein, I strongly oppose your decision, and I trust that the UAAP board rectifies its error in judgement in order to clear my name, and allow me to watch my son play his last few games in his final year from the patron section where I have watched and supported him all throughout his collegiate career,” wrote Amando Salva.
When pressed for comment, Ocampo of National University explained Salva was banned from the patron's and players section to avoid any more untoward incident between him and Magtulis. The ban was also a unanimous decision by the board and therefore final, he added.
“Nakipag-away siya sa venue and may witnesses eh... Buti naman he is (still) allowed to watch. Ang akin na lang is to avoid na magkikita at mag-aaway uli sila,” said Ocampo.
This is the second time this season that a parent has been slapped with a penalty for an incident during game day. The board also banned Carlota Afuang, mother of University of Santo Tomas’ Melo Afuang, for hitting the head of Adamson’s Roider Cabrera while he was sitting on the bench during a game.
Here is a part of Salva’s letter issuing his side of the incident:
“During last Thursday’s (September 13) game between Ateneo and NU, my son Nico, together with teammates Ryan Buenafe and Juami Tiongson, were warming up for their game which was after FEU vs UP game. Out of nowhere, FEU Coach Magtulis approached him saying “Salva! Wag kang mayabang! Halika, suntukan tayo!” He challenged Nico to a fistfight several times! Nico, who was shocked and surprised, answered “ano ba problema mo?” At this juncture other FEU players were already stopping Magtulis from further challenging Nico to a fist fight.
Nico relayed this incident to team manager Paolo Trillo and Ms. Debbie Tan and the rest of the Ateneo coaching staff learned about it later.
When I went to the restroom during the halftime of the Ateneo-NU game, Ms. Debbie Tan told me about what Magtulis did with Nico. I was understandably upset when I heard this, especially since Magtulis is supposed to be a coach and setting a good example to his players, instead of threatening them. As she was telling me this, I saw FEU Coach Bert Flores in the corridor, whom I immediately approached and nicely asked “Coach, what’s Magtulis’ problem with Nico? Why is he challenging him to a fight?” Coach Flores responded that he had not witnessed the incident but that he would talk to Magtulis. As I was heading back to my seat, I saw Magtulis heading in my direction so I talked to him saying “pare, ano ba problema mo kay Nico? Bakit mo siya hinahamon ng suntukan. Ang tanda-tanda mo na eh papatulan mo ang bata,” and Magtulis responded “ikaw ang matanda! Gusto mo tayo na lang eh. Halika sa labas,” at the same time gesturing me to come out of PhilSports for a fight. It then escalated into a shouting match with insults being exchanged. It was at this point when Jojo dela Rama intervened and told Magtulis to just leave. Ms. Debbie Tan, along with a venue bouncer in yellow shirt and a few others witnessed everything.”