11 face 6-month ban after football brawl

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

CEBU CITY -- Three days after the brawl, the Cebu Football Association released its sanctions on the two teams and coaches involved.

Five players from Alcoy FC and four from Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu (SHS-AdC) were slapped with a six-month suspension from playing in any CFA-sanctioned tournaments. Alcoy FC coach Chris delos Santos and SHS-AdC coach Hayato Ayabe are also suspended for six months from coaching. Aside from that, Alcoy FC and SHS-AdC have been expelled from the tournament.

“Coaches must encourage their players to treat their opponents with due respect.


Coaches must accept responsibility of the conduct of their players and discourage inappropriate behavior in training, competition and away from the sporting arena,” the CFA said in its decision.

The suspended players are Mark Manlosa, Rodnel Benolivao, Jake delos Santos, Mon Ferdinand and Mon Carel Osorio of Alcoy and Miguel Kwan, Mark Veloso, Karlo Villamor and Thirdy Pepito of SHS-Ateneo.

“It hurts because football in Cebu is growing and parents may discourage their children from playing football. It is an isolated incident and we will work hard so that it will remain isolated and never happen again,” Atty. Julius Entise of the CFA Disciplinary Committee said in Wednesday's press conference at Casino Español.

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PICS AND A STORY. CFA Disciplinary Committee members Atty. Julius Ceasar S. Entise (left) and Nimrod Quiñones review a photo of the incident that came out in Sun.Star SuperBalita. (Amper Campaña)

Entise also said they are still deliberating on sanctions on two spectators—Enrico Mongaya and a minor from Alcoy.

A similar brawl occurred in 2006 and players of were given two year suspensions. However, the CFA board gave consideration to the involved players because they are minors and promising footballers.

SHS-AdC was ranked No. 1 in Group B and was supposed to advance into the quarterfinals this weekend. Because of the disqualification, Abellana National School now takes the No. 1 spot in Group B and Mactan Camellanz the second seed.

In a report furnished to media, CFA said the brawl last started in the 37th minute when Alcoy FC player Mon Ferdinand Osorio fouled SHS-AdC’s Pepito. After being separated by referee Niño Zapanta, Osorio attacked an SHS-AdC player. It escalated when an Alcoy FC spectator, wearing a green shirt, entered the pitch and attacked SHS-AdC players. Players from both teams then entered the fray, while on the other end of the court, Alcoy FC goalkeeper Binolirao Jr. grappled SHS-AdC player Kwan. A parent of an SHS-AdC player came in to help Kwan and threw a punch from behind that opened up a huge gash on Binolirao Jr.’s head. Luckily an Alcoy FC spectator, wearing a black sleeveless shirt, was able to separate them.

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CEBU. A football match between Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu and Alcoy FC ends in violence last Sunday.(Allan Cuizon)

Alcoy FC is considering filing child abuse cases against Mongaya and the CFA said it is willing to cooperate with the investigation by facilitating the witnesses.

The CFA wants to set this an example that unsportsmanlike behavior isn’t allowed in the sport of football.

“I know this incident is disappointing, regrettable. I hope some redeeming values will come out from this. It is a glaring example of how one should not act and behave in the beautiful sport. I hope the protagonists come to terms, move forward and forgive,” said CFA president Ricky Dakay.

“I personally find it disappointing from the very core. We have to move forward and correct the wrongs that happened. We call it the beautiful game and it is up to us to keep it beautiful as it should be.”

Dakay also said Governor Hilario Davide III is willing to help in mediating between the two teams.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 20, 2014.


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