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    Armyman Betita faces sanctions for attack on linesman as UFL chief fumes

    Mar 13, 2013
    Philippine Army’s Rodrigo Betita was ejected from the Troopers’ 3-0 loss to Kaya on Tuesday after kicking a linesman in disgust over a non-call late in the match. Jerome Ascano/File Photo

    THE United Football League is expected to act swiftly on the case of Philippine Army’s Rodrigo Betita, who was ejected from the Troopers’ 3-0 loss to Kaya on Tuesday after kicking a linesman in disgust over a non-call late in the match.

    Betita, contending that Kaya’s Janrick Soriano was offside when he scored his team’s last goal late in stoppage time, kicked the ball to a linesman and was booked a yellow card.

    As if his action was not enough, he kicked the same linesman again on his left leg, earning him a straight red card and an automatic suspension in their next game.

    UFL chairman Santi Araneta expressed his disgust of Betita's action on Twitter on Wednesday.

    "Rodrigo Betita does not belong in the  or even the Philippine Army! Absolute disgrace!" Araneta, also the owner of Kaya Fc, tweeted on Wednesday.

    Araneta told Spin.ph on Wednesday that the league will make an announcement about further sanctions on the Troopers veteran “no later than tomorrow.”

    If ever, the decision will be a considerably faster response compared to the still-unresolved case of Green Archers United’s Elle Cagayanan, who was also ejected for kicking Kaya booter Dario Dakic last month.

    Araneta explained the delay in the decision is due to the sudden resignation of UFL commissioner Bonnie Ladrido, a member of the semi-professional league’s disciplinary committee.

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    Philippine Army’s Rodrigo Betita was ejected from the Troopers’ 3-0 loss to Kaya on Tuesday after kicking a linesman in disgust over a non-call late in the match. Jerome Ascano/File Photo
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