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Gorayeb, volleyball ref suspended for post-game tussle

By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--The NCAA slapped a one-game suspension each to San Sebastian coach Roger Gorayeb and referee Rodrigo Rojas for a shouting incident after the team's four-set victory over Arellano.

According to Arellano's ManCom representative Peter Cayco, who was present in the Saturday game, the respective bans are according to the league's house rules after their part in the said commotion.

The tussle stemmed from a net violation called against the Lady Stags late in the fourth set.

Rojas had none of Gorayeb's complaint regarding the call and flashed a red card on him. Cayco even quoted some witnesses saying the national team coach cursed the referee, leading to the booking.

After the win, however, Rojas stormed back at Gorayeb and cursed him, further igniting the confrontation.

Cayco further said San Sebastian accepted the decision to ban Gorayeb for the team's Wednesday match against CSB but asked to further investigate Rojas, who was also alleged of punching a member of the audience in one beach volleyball game.

Cayco also said he asked the rest of the ManCom to convene about the actions of Rojas and could even elevate the case to the LVPI, where he is the vice president.

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