The UAAP acknowledged 17 incorrect calls were made in Adamson’s loss to La Salle in the Season 80 men’s basketball Final Four last November 18 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Nonetheless, UAAP commissioner Rebo Saguisag stood behind his referees, saying he found no evidence of bias in how the officials called the match.
“We do understand the frustrations of players, coaches, supporters, and the viewing public in general when the right call is not made,” he said in a statement. “Teams train hard and lay everything on the floor to compete… The Office of the Commissioner will never tolerate or condone any conduct, act, or omission that would compromise the integrity of the sport.”
“However, bias or partiality on the part of the officials cannot be presumed. Partiality is related to intention which is a mental process, an internal state of mind, that must be judged by the person’s overt acts. This office cannot infer bias or partiality on the basis of errors in judgment.”
Adamson sent a protest letter to Saguisag’s office on November 20, pointing out several errors that showed apparent bias by the referees in favor of the Green Archers, who came back from 15 points down to beat the Soaring Falcons, 82-75.
Saguisag then issued a preventive suspension on referees Ian Borbe, Mollie de Luna, and Enan Alejo, before eliminating the three from the pool officiating in the championship round between Ateneo and La Salle.
Saguisag said there were 10 incorrect non-calls on La Salle and seven on Adamson.
“We recognize the importance of having officials who must be able to perform at the highest levels. We also acknowledge the need to maintain public confidence in the league,” said the commissioner.