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PBA to try out lapels for refs for next season

Coach Nash Racela is among those who have been criticizing the PBA officiating often. (file photo)

By Ivan Saldajeno

MANDALUYONG--In a potential move that aims for a stricter conduct on complaints about calls and non-calls, PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa hinted at a possibility of giving the referees lapels beginning the next season that will start on Dec. 14.

In a statement through the league's website, Narvasa said, "Makakatulong nang malaki ang lapel para ma-monitor kung talagang minura ng player o coach ang isang referee dahil hindi nagustuhan ang tawag."

Coaches Yeng Guiao and Nash Racela have been very vocal about their concerns about the officiating recently, and they even air their sentiments to the refs in-game.

However, Guiao has been known for telling the officials his disappointment the harsh way, leading him to fines and even suspensions, and the harsh complaints of not just Guiao but the other coaches and players are something the league will further monitor with the lapel proposal.

While the proposal still needs the nod of the PBA board, the handing of lapels to the referees could set up a precedent to further implement its own take on the so-called "Respect for the Game Rule" strictly.

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