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    Tit for tat: Ateneo seeks probe into banned player's presence near UE bench

    Sep 9, 2013

    FACING the specter of a forfeiture, Ateneo is set to give University of the East a dose of its own medicine as it will now ask the UAAP board to look into the presence of suspended Red Warrior Ralf Olivares behind the team's bench during Sunday’s match at the Mall of Asia Arena.

    Ateneo will submit a letter to the UAAP board on Tuesday morning asking for an investigation into a possible violation committed by Olivares, who was serving the final game of his two-match suspension on Sunday against the Blue Eagles.

    The letter, signed by Ateneo board representative and athletic director Ricky Palou, is addressed to league president Fr. Max Rendon of Adamson.

    The development came after UE asked the UAAP board to investigate the presence of suspended Ateneo head coach Bo Perasol during Sunday’s game, with an eye on a possible protest that could lead to a forfeiture of the Blue Eagles' 77-72 victory.

    [For full story, see Ateneo faces forfeiture of UE win as Perasol seen during game]

    In the letter, Ateneo said it believes Olivares committed the same violation as Perasol when he sat near the UE bench during the game.

    Suspended players are not allowed to sit on the bench and its “immediate vicinity," in the same way that coaches and other team staff are not allowed to be at the venue during their suspension.

    According to UAAP rules, a team found guilty of such infractions will have its won game forfeited.

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    Ateneo is also seeking a clarification on the presence of other suspended players in seniors matches, among them UE’s Charles Mammie and Lord Casajeros, Far Eastern University’s RR Garcia, De La Salle’s Thomas Torres, as well as similar incidents in the juniors and women’s divisions.

    An Ateneo source had earlier told Spin.ph that Perasol's presence at the venue during Sunday’s game had the blessing of team and league officials who assured him that he would not be breaking any league rules.

    [For full story, see Perasol indeed at game, but presence cleared with school, league officials]

    Both letters are now expected to be discussed by the UAAP board in its regular monthly meeting on Thursday.

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