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Filipino ref officiates anew as France eliminates USA

Sep 11, 2019 - 10:17 PM

Bong Pascual calls the game in another USA match in the FIBA World Cup

STUNNING WIN. Rudy Gobert and France show the door to the USA out of the FIBA World Cup. Photo from

FIBA World Cup referees sent home after blunder

Sep 08, 2019 - 10:29 PM

A crucial mistake in the dying seconds of the France-Lithuania quarterfinal match prompts FIBA to expel 3 referees from the World Cup

CONTROVERSIAL. Lithuania’s Jonas Valanciunas and France’s Rudy Gobert figure in a contentious sequence in the final stretch of the game. Photo from

Lakers coach fined $15,000 for ripping refs

Oct 25, 2018 - 9:20 AM

Los Angeles coach Luke Walton has been irked by the disparity in free throws awarded to the Lakers and their opponents

FURIOUS. Lakers coach Luke Walton openly criticizes the league officiating. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

FIFA World Cup 2018: 5 potential group stage highlights

Jun 14, 2018 - 11:31 AM

From Spain's sudden sacking of its coach to Egypt star Salah's doubtful return, here are some moments to look out for in the global football showpiece

CHAOTIC. Andres Iniesta (left), Cesar Azpilicueta and the Spanish players try to stay focused even as training gets thrown into turmoil after coach Julen Lopetegui got fired on the eve of the World Cup. Photo by Pierre-Philippe Marcou/AFP

Football's laws body approves VAR for World Cup

Mar 05, 2018 - 3:32 PM

100 days before the start of World Cup 2018 in Russia, the International Football Association Board okays the use of video assistant referee technology

VAR set for 2018 World Cup approval

Mar 03, 2018 - 12:15 PM

The desire to avoid ferociously disputed calls appears to have tipped FIFA to support using VAR at this summer's World Cup in Russia

TRAILBLAZER. 2018 French refeere Amaury Delerue (front) takes part in a presentation of video assisted refereeing (VAR) before the French League Cup football match between Nice and Monaco at the Allianz Riviera Stadium in Nice, southern France. Photo by Valery Nache/AFP.

More supervision announced in bid to calm player-ref rows

Jan 27, 2018 - 9:48 AM

There is a wake of several incidents involving top players and long-time referees

CALL FOR CALM. LeBron James argues after being ejected in the second half by referee Kane Fitzgerald while playing the Miami Heat. Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP

NBA fines Kevin Durant for ref rant

Jan 26, 2018 - 11:12 AM

(UPDATED) The Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant lost his cool at referee James Williams during Tuesday's win over the New York Knicks, accusing him of targeting him with a technical

EJECTED. Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors leaves the court after being ejected for being called for his second technical foul against the New York Knicks at ORACLE Arena on January 23, 2018 in Oakland, California. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

Draymond Green fined $25K for referee rebuke

Jan 09, 2018 - 10:16 AM

Green says he would like to see a wholesale change in NBA officiating personnel

11 TECHNICAL FOULS. Draymond Green reacts after a technical foul was called on him during the game against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Oracle Arena on December 25, 2017. Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images/AFP

Defying stereotypes: Adeline Tuayon Sebastian thrives as basketball ref

Jul 03, 2017 - 12:18 PM

When a woman plays basketball she is often mistaken for being a lesbian but this female ref from Zamboanga acts no different from any other woman when she is refereeing a basketball game

GIRL POWER. Adeline Tuayon Sebastian is tearing down stereotypes as a female basketball referee. Photo by Mars G. Alison/Rappler

Refereeing mishaps in NBA Finals Game 4 trigger rigged claims

Jun 10, 2017 - 6:15 PM

From Kyrie Irving s uncalled backcourt violation to the confusing technical fouls the refereeing leaves observers scratching their heads

THE HEAT IS ON. Missed calls and the technicals issue lead this columnist to question how the officials could've blown it so badly. Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images North America/AFP

Wizards' Wall blasts refs after loss to Jazz

Apr 01, 2017 - 3:20 PM

Wall was irked that the Wizards were sent to the free throw line just 16 times while the Jazz had 31 free throw attempts

OFF THE WALL. John Wall is unhappy about the officiating in the Wizards' loss to the Jazz. File Photo by Robb Carr/Getty Images/AFP

FEU hopes for consistency from UAAP refs ahead of Final Four vs Ateneo

Nov 21, 2016 - 8:55 AM

FEU athletic director Mark Molina has voiced his opinions about the inconsistency of UAAP referees to Commissioner Rebo Saguisag

Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

La Salle’s Mbala to UAAP refs: 'at least call the obvious fouls’

Nov 13, 2016 - 1:52 PM

People will look at it and it won’t be good for Philippine basketball adds Mbala

DLSU (23) Ben Mbala Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Ayo ‘pissed off’ by ref confusion, hints at unfair officiating of Mbala

Nov 13, 2016 - 7:22 AM

“Pag dating duon sa ganon situation sabi ko nga sa referee ‘Patayin nalang nila si Ben eh ’ Patayin nalang ’

Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Aroga blames self for struggles, but left puzzled by decisions of UAAP refs

Oct 27, 2016 - 5:23 PM

‘The referees they’re humans right? I understand that they might make some [mistakes] but come on’

WNBA admits ref mistake helped decide championship

Oct 22, 2016 - 3:20 AM

A missed shot clock violation in the final 75 seconds helped the Los Angeles Sparks win the WNBA Finals

CHAMPIONS. The Los Angeles Sparks prevailed in 5 games over the Minnesota Lynx with some luck from the refereeing. Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images/AFP

NSAC appoints referees, judges for UFC 200 title fights

Jun 22, 2016 - 12:35 PM

Veteran referee Big John McCarthy will be the third man inside the Octagon for the light heavyweight title rematch between Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones

WE MEET AGAIN. Jones (L) and Cormier (R) are set to face at UFC 200. File photo by Steve Marcus/AFP

NBA referees seek end to last two-minute reports

Jun 08, 2016 - 2:07 PM

The officials union says making the reports public harms referees and the sport by creating hostile environments

END TO LAST 2 MINUTES REPORTS. NBA referees want to stop issuing reports on the last two minutes of tight games. Stock photo from Wikipedia

Veteran referee Robert Byrd pulls out of Pacquiao-Bradley bout

Apr 08, 2016 - 1:00 PM

Robert Byrd who refused to elaborate on his ailment will be replaced by Tony Weeks

NEW REF. Tony Weeks, seen raising Manny Pacquiao's hand after the third Juan Manuel Marquez fight, will work Pacquiao's third fight against Timothy Bradley Jr. File photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFP

Referee, judges named for Pacquiao vs Bradley 3

Mar 24, 2016 - 4:47 AM

Robert Byrd who refereed their first fight in 2012 will officiate their third fight as well

TOUR OF DUTY. Robert Byrd, seen between Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley Jr during their first fight, will work their third fight as well. File photo by John Gurzinski/AFP

PBA commish Narvasa ‘not too happy’ with officiating in Alaska-GlobalPort Game 2

Jan 08, 2016 - 2:30 PM

The commissioner says he wants officiating to improve so the PBA can draw more younger fans

PBA suspends two refs for non-calls in controversial Ginebra-Globalport game

Dec 29, 2015 - 5:43 PM

PBA referees Rommel Gruta and Edward Aquino are suspended for the rest of the 2016 Philippine Cup after controversial non call in the Ginebra Globalport game

SUSPENDED. PBA Commissioner Chito Narvasa suspends two referees directly responsible for a non-call in the controversial Globalport-Ginebra game. File Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Narvasa to meet with PBA refs, Ginebra foregoes protest

Dec 28, 2015 - 2:13 PM

PBA Commissioner Chito Narvasa will meet with the 4 referees who officiated the controversial Globalport Ginebra game

REFEREE HEARING. PBA Commissioner Chito Narvasa will set a hearing with referees to discuss what happened during the controversial end to Globalport and Ginebra's quarterfinals match. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Rajon Rondo apologizes for slur about gay referee

Dec 16, 2015 - 2:21 PM

Rajon Rondo is contrite saying his words toward Bill Kennedy were unacceptable and did not reflect my feelings toward the LGBT community

PROFANITY KING. Rajon Rondo was suspended for a game for using homophobic slurs towards a referee. File photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images/AFP

NBA ref reveals he's gay after Rajon Rondo slurs

Dec 15, 2015 - 12:17 PM

Bill Kennedy an NBA referee for 18 seasons revealed that he is gay after being the subject of homophobic insults from Sacramento guard Rajon Rondo

PROFANITY KING. Rajon Rondo was suspended for a game for using homophobic slurs towards a referee. File photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images/AFP

PBA Commissioner implements referee substitution

Oct 22, 2015 - 12:11 AM

Instead of just 3 referees per game an extra fourth referee will be waiting on the sidelines and can be brought in at any point during the game

NEW RULE. In a bid to improve officiating in the PBA, new Commissioner Chito Narvasa (pictured) implements a new rule where referees can be substituted. Photo from PBA Images

Rappler Talk: The PBA's New Commissioner

Aug 07, 2015 - 3:45 PM

Former player and coach Chito Narvasa leads the PBA as its 9th commissioner

Liam McMorrow calls Canada refs ‘awful’, loves PBA officiating

May 30, 2015 - 4:37 PM

PBA officiating is often criticized but Barako Bull import Liam McMorrow says it s a lot better than some of the leagues he has played in

TALL ORDER. Liam McMorrow is averaging 25.3 points and a league-leading 22 rebounds for Barako Bull. Photo by PBA Images

The referee and judges for Mayweather vs Pacquiao

May 03, 2015 - 5:48 AM

Three American judges will decide the outcome should Floyd Mayweather Jr vs Manny Pacquiao go the distance while a Nevada referee will police the action

Kenny Bayless (L) will referee Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao on May 2 in Las Vegas. Photo by John Gurzinski/AFP

De La Hoya says referee has a history of protecting Mayweather

Apr 24, 2015 - 3:10 AM

Oscar de la Hoya who has fought both Pacquiao and Mayweather feels the Filipino boxer is at a disadvantage with the selection of the referee

Kenny Bayless (L) has worked a number of Pacquiao and Mayweather fights. Photo by John Gurzinski/AFP

Bayless to referee Mayweather vs Pacquiao; 3 US judges named

Apr 22, 2015 - 12:49 AM

Nevada based referee Kenny Bayless has been assigned to officiate the Mayweather vs Pacquiao fight while 3 American judges will score the bout

Kenny Bayless (L) will referee Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao on May 2 in Las Vegas. Photo by John Gurzinski/AFP

PBA suspends referee Rey Yante for ‘judgment error’

Apr 06, 2015 - 3:30 PM

The PBA has suspended a referee for the rest of the Commissioner s Cup after Yeng Guiao was hit with a technical foul for alleged use of profanity

PBA suspends referee for error in ROS-Meralco game 1

Apr 01, 2015 - 4:51 PM

Referee Art Herrera is suspended 5 game days for an error in mechanics and judgment in changing a call in game 1 of the ROS MERALCO semifinal series

A PBA referee was suspended for an error in judgment over a shot taken by Rain or Shine's Gabe Norwood in Game 1 their semifinals series vs Meralco. File photo by Nuki Sabio/PBA Images

PBA suspends referee for non-call in Ginebra vs Rain or Shine game

Mar 29, 2015 - 5:04 PM

The PBA suspends a referee after he failed to call a crucial shot clock violation

The Rain or Shine vs Ginebra game on Saturday was marred by a non-call late in the game. Photo by Nuki Sabio/PBA Images

Guiao displeased with refs as Painters beat Elite

Mar 20, 2015 - 6:29 PM

Head coach Yeng Guiao calls out the game officials for failing to do their job as Rain or Shine defeats Blackwater

Rain or Shine import Wayne Chism goes up for a two-handed slam. Photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

NBA reports on late stages of close games going public

Feb 28, 2015 - 1:40 PM

The move follows this season s launch of the NBA replay center and internet postings of replays used by officials to determine calls during reviews

San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich (R) talking with referee Joey Crawford (L) after Crawford ejected San Antonio Spurs player Tim Duncan for a remark on the bench. Photo by Larry W. Smith/EPA

Several teams enraged by refereeing at Asian Cup

Jan 13, 2015 - 5:34 PM

Iran Oman and holders Japan all raged at the officials after their opening games not the start Asian officials were hoping for after a determined drive to improve refereeing standards

Jordan's goalkeeper Amer Shafi argues with a Saudi referee during an Asian Cup match with Iraq. Photo by Saeed Khan/AFP

UAAP eyes own set of referees

Sep 03, 2013 - 7:43 PM

The UAAP is eyeing to develop its own set of referees after being flooded by officiating concerns

Photo by Rappler/Josh Albelda.

UAAP suspends ref who called unsportsmanlike foul on Adamson

Jul 26, 2013 - 2:20 PM

The UAAP has suspended the referee who called an unsportsmanlike foul on Gian Abrigo

TURNED BACK. The Falcons' rally was stopped by an unsportsmanlike foul. Photo by Rappler/Josh Albelda.

Sex-for-fixing referees jailed in Singapore

Jun 10, 2013 - 5:23 PM

Three Lebanese football referees admit to sex for fixing allegations in Singapore