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Cabagnot escapes suspension despite groin hit on Jazul

League officials and arena security had to intervene following a heated moment triggered by what appeared to be a hit by Alex Cabagnot to RJ Jazul's groin. Dennis Acosta (file photo)
By Ivan Saldajeno

TAGUIG--The physicality and the emotions in the PBA Philippine Cup semifinal series between San Miguel and Phoenix reached boiling point in Game 4 on Tuesday night when Alex Cabagnot apparently hit RJ Jazul at the groin during a deadball situation late in the second quarter.

The hit sparked a commotion where Alex Mallari and Matt Rosser exchanged verbal jabs.

Mallari, who incurred his second technical foul during the spat was sent off due to the said altercation, while Rosser also got one.

Curiously, though, Cabagnot did not incur a single infraction.

The league, however, somehow corrected the non-call and was made into a Flagrant Foul Penalty 2.

In effect, the PBA slapped a PHP20,000 fine on the Beerman on Wednesday.

But the PBA did not give a bigger sanction on Cabagnot for the reason that no call was made.

"Since no call was made by the referee on Cabagnot, the technical committee is without any mandate to review such incident during the actual game," the league said in a statement. "The present policy is that a referee's call can be reviewed under certain circumstances. A non-call cannot be reviewed. The exception is the review of a goal tending violation. Moreover, the technical committee cannot, as a rule, substitute or override a referee's decision."

Mallari and Rosser were each meted a PHP1,600 fine on the altercation with the former getting another PHP1,000 sanction for his first technical, a second motion infraction.

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