After achieving a dramatic comeback from two goals down, the Loyola Meralco Sparks were understandably jubilant after the final whistle. But the celebrations were cut short after members of Manila Jeepney, including head coach Kim Chul-Su, were involved in a fracas as they expressed their annoyance at the result, and their disappointment at the referee. The incident saw both benches cleared, but mostly with the intention of restraining certain individuals from violent actions.
“From their bench, to be winning 2-nil against one of the top teams in the League, to then go down 3-2, there was always going to be frustration coming for their bench. And James’ (Younghusband) request was simply to shake hands. There had been a lot of back and forth during the game. For one reason or another, players decided not to shake hands and walked straight off the field after a really tough game,” said McMenemy when asked about the incident.
“I have no idea what their coach was going on about. He looked like he was after the referee. I think that’s something that needs to be looked at because, I may talk, but I don’t touch referees – that’s not on. So maybe the UFL will have a little look at what happened there.”
An incident report has since been filed by the match officials regarding the events that transpired after the final whistle, and the United Football League’s disciplinary committee will release their decision in the coming days before the weekend.