PSL explains why Foton protest over 'irregularities' in Petron loss was ruled not valid
Foton's loss to Petron in the last PSL All-Filipino Conference semifinals became the subject of a protest over alleged 'irregularities and biased judgment.' Dante Peralta

THE Philippine Super Liga (PSL) said Foton's complaint against alleged 'biased judgments and irregularities' was no longer valid since it wasn't filed within the prescribed period for filing of protests under league rules.

In a reply to Foton's protest addressed to team owner Rommel Sytin on Tuesday, PSL president Tats Suzara said that any protest must be filed within one hour after the game.

Since Foton’s complaint over incidents that happened in its loss to Petron in the July 6 match was filed only on July 20, it is no longer valid and the result is deemed complete and final, Suzara added.

The PSL nonetheless assured Foton that it is 'taking the matter seriously' and that the league will call the attention of the referees involved and seek ways to further improve officiating.

On Thursday, Foton posted a video on its Facebook page raising three issues involving first referee Jocelyn del Rosario and second referee Lumer Pajarillo that the team felt left it shortchanged.

In an accompanying protest letter signed by Sytin, the PSL team said that after a review of the game video, it felt the calls 'were biased' and meant to distract our players for them to lose focus and to stop the momentum of the team.'

[See Foton calls for PSL probe into 'biased judgments, irregularities' in loss to Petron]

Saying it felt an 'injustice' was done to the team, Foton called for an investigation so the five-year-old league can find ways to improve officiating in future conferences.

The club also called for 'transparency' in the league's affairs.

In its response, the PSL cited the 2017 All-Filipino Conference Competition Regulations which states that 'all Complaints must be presented in writing to the members of the Competition Committee within one hour after the end of the match concerned.'

The PSL said rules are in the competition regulations provided to all teams during the preliminary inquiry and general technical meeting.

Suzara added that it is the responsibility of the team manager, in this case Diane Santiago, to review the competition documents prior to making any complaints.

Here is the copy of the PSL response:

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