UE players face 2-game ban for attacking FEU's Romeo
MANILA – The University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) has meted suspensions against University of the East (UE) players Charles Mammie and Lord Casajeros who were caught attacking Far Eastern University’s (FEU) Terrence Romeo during their game last Sunday.
UAAP Commissioner Chito Loyzaga banned Mammie and Casajeros for two matches for their rough play against Romeo during UE’s 94-98 double-overtime loss to FEU.
Mammie was called for an unsportsmanlike foul for extending a foot on Romeo’s landing area 7:15 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter.
Mammie’s play aggravated Romeo’s ankle injury which the latter sustained during practice.
Loyzaga said that since it was Mammie’s third unsportsmanlike foul, the Sierra Leone native will be banned for two games.
"You received your first warning notice for an unsportsmanlike foul committed dated July 8, 2013. You received your second notice of a similar nature was given dated July 11, 2013. Since this is the third time you were assessed a foul of this similar nature, you are therefore suspended for two official games effective immediately," said Loyzaga in his memo addressed to Mammie.
Casajeros, on the other hand, was caught hitting Romeo twice during that same game.
He was seen punching Romeo in the second quarter, and was again spotted throwing an elbow against the FEU player's face during the first overtime period.
Although it was only the second time Casajeros was cited for an unsportsmanlike foul, the gravity of his actions warranted a two-game ban, said the UAAP chieftain.
“Due to the flagrant, unsportsmanlike actions you displayed during your last game, you are therefore suspended for two official games effective immediately,” said Loyzaga.
The suspensions could hurt UE in the second round as it is scheduled to play against 2nd-ranked National University on Saturday, and 3rd–ranked De La Salle on September 4.
La Salle’s Thomas Torres was also handed a one-game suspension for hitting University of the Philippines (UP) Sam Marata in the other UAAP game last Sunday.
It was Torres’ second unsportsmanlike foul since he was given his first warning last July 15.