HEAD coach Bo Perasol has been suspended for three games following his rant against referees in the University of the Philippines' loss to Ateneo on Sunday.
The UAAP Commissioner's Office handed down the decision on Tuesday following a thorough review of the incident that marred the Blue Eagles' 89-63 win.
Perasol blew his top at the 6:23 mark of the third quarter, charging at referee Jaime Rivano and hurling expletives at the official while doing a fighting stance.
UP players and officials had to restrain the fiery mentor as he was immediately slapped with two technical fouls, leading to his ejection.
Perasol later apologized for his actions, but explained that the reason for his outburst was what he felt was Rivano specifically targeting Bright Akhuetie and deliberately putting him in foul trouble.
Art. 9.2.1 of the UAAP general tournament guidelines, 2019, states that "a student-athlete, coach, trainer, or team manager, team official or any accompanying delegation member who is disqualified, thrown out of or ejected from unsportsmanlike behavior from the game by the concerned game official shall not be allowed to play in the immediately succeeding game. Should said game be canceled, the suspension will be served in the game that immediately follows."
Two more games were added to Perasol's penalty following his "continuous flagrant acts of aggression" towards the game official after being restrained repeatedly by the UP Fighting Maroons team members, the UAAP said in a memo.
UAAP basketball commissioner Jensen Ilagan commented: "After a thorough review and careful deliberation made by the technical committee, we deemed it fit that the penalty of three-game suspension handed to coach Bo Perasol ... is the appropriate action."
"Do acknowledge that similar actions of the same grain shall be dealt with similar penalties. And may this incident be an example for players and coaches alike to exhibit tremendous restraint and discipline, not just towards officials but everyone on the court.
"We'd also like to remind the teams that there are proper avenues to raise these contradictions and complaints to protect the sanctity of the game we all love."
The Maroons will be without Perasol to start the second round as he will miss their games against Far Eastern University on Sunday, the University of the East on October 12, and against University of Santo Tomas on October 16, all at the Mall of Asia Arena.
First assistant Ricky Dandan, a former UP head coach, will be the one calling the shots during Perasol's suspension.
UP is currently at second place in the standings with its 5-2 card at the conclusion of the first round.
UP has 48 hours to file an appeal, according to Art. 9.2.8. if it believes the penalty "is excessive."
However, it should also be noted that according to Art. 9.2.3. of the UAAP rules, "it shall also be the responsibility of the Tournament Commissioner or its equivalent to impose disciplinary measures on any student-athlete, team official, and/or any accompanying delegation member who violates the fundamental values of respect, fairness, civility, honesty, and responsibility in the course of any game or sporting event."