Football body bans 3

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

FOLLOWING an investigation, the Cebu Football Association (CFA) decided the fate of the spectators who took part in the brawl that interrupted the game between Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu (SHS-AdC) and Alcoy FC last March 16 in a Boys Under-18 football match of the 16th Aboitiz Football Cup.

Enrico Mongaya, Ricardo “JR” Pepito and a 14-year-old Alcoy FC spectator were all slapped with a one-year ban from all CFA-sanctioned tournaments, which means they won’t be allowed within 100 meters of a CFA-sanctioned tournament.

The CFA Board of Directors came up with the decision in a meeting last Monday night.


Young sport

The sanction for the offenders may seem mild with the gravity of their offense, but the CFA thinks that it is the best decision because football in Cebu is still a growing sport.

“After giving due consideration of the fact that the sport of football is in its rapid developmental stage here in Cebu and that there is obviously a big need for people, in and outside, the football community to be educated and to understand their respective roles in the game of football, it is the considered opinion of the Cebu Football Association Board of Directors that the penalty imposed must necessarily be tempered,”
read the CFA’s decision.

However, future offenders won’t be dealt with with the same leniency.

“It will be a more severe penalty for future offenders,” lawyer Julius Entise of the CFA Disciplinary and Rules Committee said yesterday at the CFA Office. “This not only serves as a warning for them, but is also referred to anyone. Violence will be dealt with more severely.”

Although it is a daunting task to implement the sanction against the three, the CFA promised to do its best.

“We will work with venue managers and owners and see that we implement that,” said CFA vice-president Rico Navarro.


The 14-year-old Alcoy FC supporter and Pepito were given sanctions for entering the pitch to join in the melee. Mongaya, on the other hand, was punished for hitting Alcoy FC goalkeeper Rodnel Binolirao from behind in an attempt to break him up from SHS-AdC’s JM Kwan.

Mongaya’s reason for hitting Binolirao was to save Kwan from danger because the bigger Alcoy FC goalie’s arms were around Kwan’s head. However, the CFA doesn’t find it a justifiable reason to use unnecessary force.

“In the justifying circumstance of a defense of stranger, one of the elements in a defense of a stranger is reasonable necessity of the means employed to prevent or repel the aggression. After a review of the available information on the circumstances surrounding the incident, the foregoing element of a defense is wanting.”

“Assuming for the sake of argument that the intention of Enrico Mongaya into the playing field was to rescue JM Kwan from a head lock of and prevent further attacks by Rodnel Binolirao, the act of Enrico Mongaya in hitting the head of Rodnel Binolirao cannot be considered a reasonable means,” the CFA said.

Mongaya’s camp hasn’t received CFA’s decision as of press time, but they will comment as soon as they will receive it, their lawyer said.

“We will talk about that. Maybe later,” said lawyer Ram Villagonzalo, Mongaya’s counsel. “Not yet (received the decision). As soon as possible, after we receive it, we will issue a statement.”

The CFA said both parties, SHS-AdC and Alcoy FC, are on speaking terms, which is a huge development for a possible reconciliation.

“Hopefully, when this is over, they will be working together for the good of football in Cebu,” said Nimrod Quiñones, who heads the CFA Disciplinary Committee.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 26, 2014.


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