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    Kaya coach Perkovic welcomes Porteria's presence, league's decision to suspend refs

    Jan 22, 2014
    OJ Porteria's red card has been reduced to a yellow card, allowing him to suit up in Kaya FC's match against Socceroo. Jerome Ascano

    KAYA FC tries to take advantage of the presence of OJ Porteria as it squares off against Socceroo on Thursday in the United Football League at the Emperador Stadium in Mckinley Hill.

    With the star striker available for the 7:30 p.m. encounter after his red card in the 1-2 loss to Global the last time was reduced to a yellow, Kaya is assured of fielding an intact lineup as it aims for its second victory in three games.

    “It is great to have OJ available for the game as he deserves the right to play,” Kaya coach David Perkovic told Spin.ph on Wednesday regarding Porteria, who scored for the squad before getting sent off last Saturday.

    Apart from downgrading Porteria’s infraction, the UFL also suspended referee Christian Pacaña and assistant referee 1 Christopher Bautista for 50 matches each for their miscue in the Global-Kaya game.

    Perkovic welcomed the league’s decision, the first time in league history the UFL has cracked the whip on erring referees.

    “It’s all about improving the sport in the country,” the Australian mentor said. “It shows that the league is striving to get better.”

    Kaya now faces a newly promoted Socceroo side that is hungry for its breakthrough victory in the top flight after going empty handed in its first two games.

    Green Archers United is likewise hoping to barge into the win column as it faces Philippine Army earlier at 5:15 p.m.

    The Archers have fallen short in their first two assignments, which both ended in a draw, and they are counting on Chieffy Caligdong and Co. for a change in the tide against the Troopers, who have three points on a win and a defeat.

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    OJ Porteria's red card has been reduced to a yellow card, allowing him to suit up in Kaya FC's match against Socceroo. Jerome Ascano
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