3 UAAP basketball referees suspended

By Jean Malanum

October 12, 2023, 7:02 pm

MANILA – The University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) Basketball Commissioner’s Office has announced the suspension of three referees to uphold the highest standards of integrity and accuracy in the games.

The three-week suspension of the referees was due to subpar grades received from the Referee Game Report Card, which serves as a quantitative evaluation of their performances.

Commissioner Xavier Nunag said the association is committed to providing competent and professional referees to the league.

"We take the responsibility of providing competent and professional referees to the league very seriously, and it is essential that all officials maintain the highest level of integrity and accuracy,” Nunag said in a statement released to the media on Thursday.

He said the suspension is intended to give the referees the opportunity to reflect on their actions and to improve their performance.

"Please be assured that we will make every effort to find suitable replacements during the suspension and we will continue to monitor the performance of all our referees with the help of concrete data to ensure the highest standards are maintained," he added.

The suspended officials were not identified to respect their privacy.

The collegiate league said the decision "underscores the UAAP's dedication to fostering excellence in basketball officiating and ensuring that the sport's integrity remains paramount." (PNA)