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    PFF 'interested' to see what action Cebu FA will take against spectators in Under-18 football brawl

    Mar 21, 2014

    THE Philippine Football Federation is looking at the possibility of widening the scope of the penalties on the people involved in the free-for-all that marred a youth football match in Cebu City over the weekend.

    The country’s governing body for football on Friday received the report of the Cebu Football Association (CFA) on the unfortunate brawl in the 16th Aboitiz Cup men’s Under-18 tournament.

    The six-month suspensions on nine players and two coaches from Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu and Alcoy FC, though, only cover the Visayan capital.

    But the PFF could extend the scope of the ban beyond the Visayan capital, meaning it could ban the brawl protagonists from participating in competitions all over the country, if the Cebu FA files a request.

    “In football protocol, the penalties imposed by regional associations are normally enforceable only in their territory,” PFF general secretary Ed Gastanes said on Friday.

    “But if the sanctioning authority (Cebu FA) requests the higher sanctioning authority (PFF), to extend the penalties to areas other than the territory of the disciplining authority, then that is a matter which can be properly be acted upon by the PFF.”

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    “The PFF will be acting on it quite swiftly and promptly also,” added the lawyer, who welcomed the Cebu FA's fast response on the matter.

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    The request to extend, according to Gastanes, can be filed during the effectivity of the penalty.

    The PFF will know if the Cebu FA will make a request on Sunday once a board meeting is set.

    Gastanes said the PFF is also awaiting further reports on what Cebu FA will do on the involved spectators.

    “We are interested to know what the sanctions will be,” the gen-sec said.

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