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    Sanctions for fight-marred Kaya-Archers game stay for now

    Feb 14, 2013

    THE United Football League upheld the sanctions of the referees during the fight-marred game between Kaya and Green Archers United Tuesday night that saw the ejections and handing out of cards against several players.

    Kaya won the second televised game at the newly-built Emperador Stadium, 2-1, but not before play was halted for more than five minutes midway through the second half when a melee broke out that saw Archers’ Elle Cagayanan deliver a flying kick to Kaya's Dario Dakic.

    Cagayanan was ejected with a red card, while teammate Chieffy Caligdong and Kaya’s Dakic, Saba Garmaroudi, and Okoro Ubiam were booked with yellow cards, respectively.

    Archers manager Monchu Garcia and Kaya coach Maor Rozen were also sent off for entering the field.

    “As of now, the cards that were issued will stand,” UFL assistant technical director Ritchie Gannaban said on Thursday. “It’s up to the disciplinary committee if they will add to that.”

    Gannaban said the disciplinary committee, set to meet on Saturday to review the incident, has to come up with a decision before the next match of the two teams.

    “Otherwise, if they do not come up with a decision, it’s like going to the court of appeals, while your case is pending, you can still play,” Gannaban said. “It can be imposed in their next scheduled match.”

    UFL commissioner Bonnie Ladrido leads the committee that includes two independent members in Atty. Raj Palacios and James Bernas. 

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