ATENEO is facing forfeiture of Sunday’s victory over University of the East after suspended coach Bo Perasol was allegedly spotted at the Mall of Asia Arena during their UAAP men's basketball game.
A league official said UE has asked the UAAP board to look into the alleged presence of Perasol somewhere inside the MOA Arena on Sunday while the game was ongoing.
The official also said UE had photo evidence that Perasol was at the arena and was even seen singing Ateneo’s alma mater song at the end of the game.
Another photo, supposedly in the possession of UE, showed league deputy commissioner Ato Badolato telling Perasol to leave the venue during the game, the source added.
The Red Warriors lost the game, 72-77, and were eliminated from the Final Four race following the defeat.
Officials have confirmed that UE has already written the league seeking an investigation into the incident, with an eye on filing a protest if there are sufficient grounds for a forfeiture.
Another source confirmed that UAAP rules prohibit suspended team personnel from showing up during games, and that a forfeiture of won matches is the likely sanction for such infractions.
The issue is expected to be taken up during the next regular UAAP board meeting which was moved from Monday to Thursday.
Perasol was not on the bench during Sunday’s match after being slapped with a one-game suspension for a run-in with a fan at the end of the La Salle-Ateneo encounter last September 1.
The decision could have a bearing on both the Final Four hopes of Ateneo and UE, which could have its Final Four hopes revived if the Blue Eagles' win is overturned.
On the other hand, the Blue Eagles are still in a precarious situation as they are in a tie for fourth place with University of Santo Tomas on 7-5 win-loss slates.
Ateneo, however, is still in the hunt for a twice-to-beat advantage.