MANILA, Philippines—NCAA, Jose Rizal University and College of St. He said the three referees who ran the Benilde match were under “preventive suspension”.
Herc Callanta, chair of the NCAA’s adhoc investigative committee, said the suspension was “automatic” after the men’s basketball game ended violently when JRU’s John Amores stormed into the opponent’s bench and punched several players.
Suspended referees Anthony Sulit, Dennis Escaros and Antonio Baguion Jr.
“Peripherals, security, referees and referees, these are still to come. They are currently under preventive suspension. If this automatic, unfortunate event occurs, there is an automatic suspension,” Callanta said in a media frenzy Wednesday.
“Until they are cleared, they are not allowed to serve.”
According to Callanta’s investigative operations, the league will continue to investigate what led to Amores’ attack.
“I don’t want to ignore the results of the investigation because we will still examine all the footage from different angles and the narratives of both sides (JRU and Benilde). As far as players are concerned, these sanctions are enough,” Callanta explained.
All players have served their suspensions, including Amores, who was indefinitely banned from the league by the JRU and removed from the Heavy Bombers team.
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