Gorayeb, referee receive one-game ban after near scuffle

Gorayeb, referee receive one-game ban after near scuffle
San Sebastian coach Roger Gorayeb received a one-game ban after a shouting and shoving incident with a volleyball referee.

San Sebastian head coach Roger Gorayeb and referee Rodrigo Rojas were slapped with a one-game ban after figuring in a shouting and shoving incident Saturday in the Lady Stags’ four-set win over the defending champion Arellano University in the 91st NCAA women’s volleyball.

NCAA Management Committee member Peter Cayco of Arellano University told reporters Monday night of the suspensions the league meted to Gorayeb and Rojas, who confronted, challenged and shoved the Lady Stags mentor moments after the end of the match.

The referee received his penalty for conduct unbecoming of an official while Gorayeb merited a ban because of his actions during and after the game.  

“According to the ground rules of NCAA, Rojas will be meted a sanction as well as coach Gorayeb,” said Cayco, who was the only Mancom official present during the game at The Arena in San Juan.

Gorayeb will serve his suspension on Wednesday when the Lady Stags take on the College of St. Benilde Lady Blazers.  

The Lady Stags won the game handily against their finals tormentor, 25-23, 18-25, 25-23, 25-21, to remain unscathed in five matches while dealing the Lady Chiefs their first loss in four outings.

But victory was overshadowed by the flare of emotions between Rojas and Gorayeb, who is in his second year with the team since receiving a two-year ban in the league after getting involved in a brawl with former San Beda Red Lions basketball coach Frankie Lim during a volleyball game back in 2011.               

The incident started with the SSC-R tactician complaining to a net violation called by Rojas in the fourth set while the Lady Stags were ahead, 17-16. Gorayeb received a red card from Rojas with the point given to Arellano that tied the set.   

“In the game between Arellano and San Sebastian there were instances where coach Gorayeb was not happy with the calls of referee Rojas. There were witnesses saying that he was cursing Rojas, showing some body languages that were uncalled for,” said Cayco.

“At one instance ‘yung net violation according to Gorayeb there was no net violation but according to Rojas it was a net violation. He was cursing Rojas kaya ni-red card siya.”

“Sa fourth set hindi na ako nanood nasa loob na ako (ng VIP lounge) biglang Roger came in storming (after the game), shouting, cursing, mura ng mura. Kaya sabi ko, “Roger teka lang anong nangyayari?” added Cayco, also the vice president of the Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc.

“That in itself was a violation of the NCAA code of conduct where in you show disrespect to a ManCom member. Pero iniisip ko naman baka mainit lang ang ulo, 'yun pala saka ko lang nalaman na nag-away pala sila ni Rojas.”

Cayco further explained that Gorayeb’s continues complain and anger towards Rojas got under the skin of the referee.  

“Parang dinirty finger raw niya at minumura si Rojas. Right after the game bumaba 'yung Rojas sa referee's stand tapos ginanun (itinulak sa balikat) niya si Roger, “O ngayon mo ako duruin at mura-murahin” sabi ni Rojas,” Cayco said. “Nag-flare up lalo ‘yung away, nagmumurahan sila ni Rojas, so inawat ‘yun pala dun siya (Gorayeb) pupunta sa amin.”

Cayco said that Gorayeb complained at first that there was a conflict of interest when he signed the infraction letter, which should be submitted to the ManCom within 24 hours of the incident, because he represents Arellano University.    

“I only signed (the infraction notice) because I am the only ManCom (member) present and I am a member of the volleyball committee and Father Vic (Calvo of Letran), the chairman, instructed me to sign the infraction (notice) for his name,” he said.

According to Cayco, after further explanation of his side and of the incident to San Sebastian, the school accepted the penalty on Gorayeb but requested further investigation on the conduct of Rojas, who allegedly punched a spectator during a beach volleyball match.       

“I wrote a letter and will give it tomorrow (today) to the chairman of the season (Melchor Divina of host Mapua) asking the ManCom to constitute its body as a whole to investigate the case of Rojas,” said Cayco, who added that the NCAA can also elevate the case of Rojas to LVPI and could mean more sanction on the erring official if proven.




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