CIGNAL head coach Edgar Barroga said that he lost his cool because of the red card given to him by the game officials during their heated Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference game against Foton but he apologized to the league organizers and hopes that it won’t happen again.
The HD Spikers absorbed their second loss in three games at the helm of Foton Tornadoes, 15-25, 25-18, 22-25, 20-25, on Tuesday at the Arena in San Juan City.
Then things heated up and confrontation loomed between Barroga and the referees when he was slapped by a red card late in the fourth set, which sent him to the penalty box.
The Tornadoes pulled away with a 22-18 lead as the HD Spikers were called for four touches that Barroga continuously complained about as he went inside the court shaking the net before referee Rolando Casillan slapped him with a red card.
Until the end of the game, he was confronting the referees, while his players and coaching staff - and even the coaching staff of the opposing team calmed him down.
But Barroga made it clear it wasn’t just the alleged wrong call that made him angry, - it was the red card that sent him out of the game.
“Kasi ang isang naging reason, unang una, yung tawag nila medyo hindi pabor sa amin na magkasunod na pwede namin ikatalo definitely, siyempre may reaction ako doon,” the Cignal coach told the reporters. “Ngayon nung binigyan niya ako ng dalawang card doon ako napikon, pwede mo kong warningan pero out of the game mo ko binigyan mo na nga ako ng dalawang panget na calls tapos bibigyan mo pa ko ng dalawang card.”
“Yung tawag nila, okay given yun nagkamali sila pero yung bibigyan mo ako ng dalawang card doon talaga ako napikon kasi kahit reviewhin yung nasa tv naman yung four touches na yun hindi four touches yun kasi lahat naman ng touches from the block considered as wala,” he added. “Hindi ko alam bakit niya ginawa yun pero nevertheless ang naging problema doon yung binigyan niya ako ng card doon talaga ako nainis.”
In fact, Barroga and the HD Spikers also experienced it from their five-set win against Cocolife Asset Managers, where both teams were complaining on the calls last Saturday at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.
“Kung ginawa mo yan nung nakaraan okay lang pero ako yung sinampolan niya. Hindi pepwede yun kasi nung nakaraan ang ganda ng attitude ko nun kahit nagwawala na yung kabila,” said Barroga referring to their game against Cocolife. “Pero ngayon siyempre ito yung chance ko na iexpress yung mali nila tapos bibigyan mo ko ng dalawang card doon talaga ako nagalit.”
Foton coach Aaron Velez was also slapped with a yellow card during the sequence but he didn’t wanted to give any comment on the call since for him, it’s part of the game and he just wanted to keep on playing.
“Actually, pagdating naman sa calls, for me, it's hard to say not to react kasi ganoong ka-importante 'yung bawat puntos. But, I just want to leave it to the referees. I don't want to give any statement din kasi they're also doing their job. For me, just play it on,” Velez said.
Barroga was quick to apologize to the league organizers, their opponents and his players for his actions.
“Nagsorry na rin ako sa organizer na hindi ako yun pero siyempre kailangan ko maexpress. Kailangan they have to do something para maaddress yun kasi nangyari sa laro namin sa Cocolife tapos nangyari ngayon,” he said. “Yun ang dapat (ayusin) ng PSL kasi nawawala na yung trust ng coaches and team. Dapat magpaseminar sila together with us para at least kung ano man yung iniisip nila na alam naming mali, o inisip naming mali na tama naman.”
“(Para) mapagusapan agad hindi katulad niyang magkakaroon ng ganyang sitwasyon crucial game pa tapos mabibigyan ka pa ng ganoong penalty syempre ako medyo nawala sa sarili ko,” he added.
PSL organizers refused to give a statement as they are already working on the problem and they already talked to Barroga and the referees, who both apologized to them after the game.
The coach also explained to his players what happened and the situation could have been avoided if they managed to minimize their lapses.
“Dapat hindi na tayo umabot doon dahil kaya naman lumaban talaga. Kumbaga kaya nila manalo kahit nung third set kaso lang simple instruction na hindi nila napapalo,” Barroga said. “Pero at the end of the day inexplain ko sa kanila na hindi tayo ganun, inexpress natin yung feelings natin na masyado tayong naapi sa sitwasyon after giving two wrong calls then bibigyan ka ng penalty na out of the game.”
But after a tough day, Barroga saw how his wards are eager to bounce back on their next game.
“Nagiyakan sila actually, nagyakapan sila, nagsosorry sila babawi raw,” he concluded. “Hopefully maging mas matapang sila ngayon medyo matuto sila ngayon kumbaga itong coach namin lumalaban bat kami hindi? Yun yung naramdaman ko sa kanila ngayon.”