UP launches appeal, says two-game ban on coach Rey Madrid 'may be too harsh'
UP coach Rey Madrid served the first of his two-game suspension in the Maroons' loss to La Salle on Wednesday. Jerome Ascano

UNIVERSITY of the Philippines is appealing the two-game suspension meted on head coach Rey Madrid by the UAAP Commissioner's Office.

In a letter to UAAP commissioner Andy Jao, UP College of Human Kinetics Dean Ronualdo Dizer believed that the two-game suspension on Madrid slapped on Tuesday "may be too harsh" considering it was the UP coach's first such infraction.

Madrid was suspended two games for ‘point shaving’ allegations made in a post-game rant saying he felt the referees may have helped University of Santo Tomas increase its lead and reach a targeted 'number' in the fourth quarter of a 73-57 victory over UP on Saturday.

Dizer said Madrid was supposed to bring the issue before Jao after the game but the media got to him first.

“As I understand, (Jao) meted the two-game suspension based on (Madrid's) statement during an interview with the press people which happened immediately after the disappointing game against UST. As a sign of respect, Mr. Madrid went to your office to air his side and brought his issue to your attention.

“It is unfortunate that the press got to him first which resulted in an expression of his dissatisfaction of a certain referee’s performance under a highly emotional state,” wrote Dizer.

“Though I believe that his statement is uncalled for, I would like to appeal for your understanding, compassion, and leniency on the sanction imposed upon Mr. Madrid. The sanction, in my opinion, maybe too harsh, considering that this incident was Mr. Madrid’s first infraction."

Madrid served the first of his two-game suspension on Wednesday in the Maroons' 53-74 loss to La Salle.

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