THE bad blood between Ateneo-De La Salle rivalry has apparently spilled over into the UAAP board meeting on Thursday amid heated discussions as to how the league will handle the controversy involving Blue Eagles coach Bo Perasol.
League insiders revealed a debate erupted between Ateneo and De La Salle representatives over the sanctions Perasol should get for his presence in Sunday’s game against University of the East at the Mall of Asia Arena while serving a one-game suspension.
A source said De La Salle stood in favor of slapping Ateneo with a forfeiture, insisting that Perasol violated a league rule that restricts suspended team officials from being in the venue.
Ateneo was eventually spared from a forfeiture as the league ordered Perasol to serve the one-game ban in the Eagles' next match against University of Santo Tomas on Wednesday, although a source said Perasol was actually handed an additional one-game suspension for his violation.
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Ricky Palou, Ateneo’s representative to the UAAP board, later lashed out at DLSU board represenatives Henry Atayde and Edwin Reyes at the end of a meeting that took over five hours to finish.
In an interview with abscbnnews.com, Palou insisted both Atayde and Reyes are not qualified to be members of the UAAP board because the two are neither an athletic director nor a professor or member of the school administration as the position called for.
“If you look at the rules, they are not qualified to be UAAP board members,” Palou told abscbnnews.com. “Atayde and Reyes are consultants.”
When pressed to comment on Palou’s statements, Atayde said no less than De La Salle president Br. Ricardo Laguda, FSC gave them the task of representing the school in the UAAP board.
“The university president has certified Edwin and I. We (are) doing it for the love of my alma mater,” Atayde said.
Despite Palou’s statements, Atayde expressed his commitment to the serve the UAAP, adding he will leave it to the school president to decide if they should be replaced or not.
“In the meantime, I will continue my commitment to the UAAP technical committee and the UAAP amendments committee which are now finalizing the work we did last May,” said Atayde.
“This commitment does not feed me or my family. I am just doing this to help my alma mater,” he added.