31 August 2012

Azkals players sanctioned for 'discipline breakdown'


MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The Philippine Football Federation (PFF) Disciplinary Committee has cleared Azkals players Angel Guirado and Lexton Moy of sexual harassment in the complaint by former Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) President Cristy Ramos, but they and 4 others got sanctions for disciplinary and leadership issues.
According to Azkals team manager Dan Palami, the Disciplinary Committee found no evidence of sexual harassment on the part of Guirado and Moy.
“It is to the relief of the team and the management that such a serious charge has been found to be without foundation but this is no surprise to us,” said Palami in a statement.
However, Palami said the committee handed suspensions on “other parties not involved with the case.”
Palami did not mention the names of those who were suspended.
“With full respect to the Disciplinary Committee, we will be appealing the decision,” he said.
However, the Philippine Star reported Saturday that although Guirado and Moy were cleared of sexual harassment, they were suspended for one international game each for "breakdown in discipline."
Also suspended for the same offense is James Younghusband, who was team captain when the incident happened, the broadsheet said.
The Philippine Star also reported that Azkals coach Michael Weiss and team manager Dan Palami were suspended for 2 matches each for "failure of leadership." Assistant coach Edzel Bracamonte was meted a one-game suspension.
The newspaper said Dennis Wolf was reprimanded.


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